Is Your Pool Safe for Summer?

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With the onset of summer, backyards with pools will again be the focus of family activity. If you have a pool or spa, is it registered, safe and certified? Swimming pool safety legislation has been enacted to increase the safety and security of children under 5 years of age in and around private pools.

Safety measures cover pool and boundary fencing, gate operation, access through doors and windows that can provide direct entry to a pool, safety and CPR signage. It is the responsibility of the pool owner to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by a complying child resistant safety barrier restricting access to the pool. Private swimming pools can be located in all manner of places. Rural acreage, waterfront, suburban, indoors, rental properties, strata properties. All are subject to an Australian Standard, Act and Regulation. To ensure the safety of private pools, all owners should be aware of their responsibilities in maintaining safety barriers in good operating order and condition.

Not all pool accidents are fatal. Unfortunately many result in severe mental, physical and health issues as a result of near drownings, causing extreme hardship and distress to families so affected.

To ensure that your pool barrier and surrounds meets all necessary safety requirements it should be inspected by a qualified pool safety Certifier. The inspection process covers all aspects of pool barriers and safety issues, with photographic evidence of all areas inspected accompanying the report. If the pool complies, then a Certificate of Compliance will be issued. If the pool does not comply, a Certificate of Non-Compliance will be issued with a complete and comprehensive report of all non-compliant areas with photographic evidence and recommendations on action required to rectify these issues. A follow up inspection will be required to gain a Compliance Certificate when non-compliant issues have been rectified.

It should also be noted that if you are selling a residential property with a pool or spa it must have a Certificate of compliance or non-compliance, or if leasing a residential property with a pool or spa a Certificate of Compliance is required.

Jaak Sildnik is an E1-Accredited Certifier who covers the greater Sydney area. Can be contacted on 0447 113 731. Email : [email protected]. Visit www.elitepoolcertification.com.au