Sunshine coast residential property owners reminded of pool safety
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.