Pool Safety Certificate

A number of governments have been tightening up their pool safety laws in the wake of the horrific numbers of accidents that surround swimming pools. This has proven especially effective in Australia and a marked decrease in the number of drowning deaths of young children has been noted. Still, one child drowning is too many and so the regulations don’t seem to be lightening up anytime soon. Everyone needs to be aware of the requirements if they don’t want to fall foul of the regulations and land up being fined. These inspections are required for private and public pools.

Here is a summary of what pool safety inspectors will now be looking for before issuing your pool safety certificate:

1) CPR Signs – Not only should your CPR sign be prominently displayed near the pool, the sign must also comply with the methods as approved by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

2) Constructions Signs – If the pool is in the process of being renovated, warning signs must be prominently placed to avoid injury. This is the same in both the old and new laws.

3) Fencing – It is no longer sufficient for the fence just to comply with regulations – temporary fences are only allowed to remain in place for no more than three months before they must be replaced with permanent fences. The building inspectors must approve either type of fencing.

It is imperative that real estate agents familiarize themselves with what the requirements are for getting a pool safety certificate and also be able to identify when these conditions have not been met. Should the pool not qualify for the former, a “Notice of no pool safety certificate” must be obtained. If the pool is inspected and found not to comply, a “Non-conformity Notice” will be issued. It is important for the estate agent to understand the difference between all of these.

When it comes to real estate deals, non-shared and shared pools are treated differently. If the pool is shared, the owner has 90 days from settlement to get a pool safety certificate. In the case of a private pool, the buyer must get the certificate within 90 days.

Non-compliance can lead to some heavy penalties and fines so it is best to comply with the current pool safety regulations. If you are a home owner or landlord, it is a good idea to read up on these regulations and to make sure that your pool is compliant.