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Sunshine coast residential property owners reminded of pool safety

April 23, 2012

A special reminder from the Sunshine Coast Council has urged homeowners with pools on their property to ensure they take the proper safety measures when installing a fence.

The manager of the Building Services sector of the local council Steven Tucker explained that safety certificates were a legal requirement of keeping a swimming pool on the premises, simply because having the right kind of barriers in place actively helped to prevent injuries and save lives.

Mr Tucker asserted: "Under current state government legislation, if you are selling or renting a property with a swimming pool you must attain a pool safety certificate from a licensed pool safety inspector.

"Pool owners not selling or leasing a property have until 30 November 2015 to comply with the new pool fence safety standard."

The manager went on to say that the standard applies across a broad range of residential property - including houses, apartments, hotels, caravan parks and other forms of accommodation.

To comply with the legislation, homeowners need to have a fence or barrier that is at least 120 centimetres in height, with a self-closing latch gate - and with no climbable object such as trees overhanging the swimming enclosure from outside.

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