New Safety Laws Designed to Prevent Toddler Drownings

The official deadline for owners of pools in Queensland to be compliant with the most recent safety standards is 30 November 2015. However, responsible owners are not leaving it to the last minute but have been working towards compliance for the past few years. All pools should by now be listed on the Queensland register as the deadline of 4 May 2011 is well past that date. This register was established and is being maintained to identify and monitor the safety standards of the places where tragic drownings of children under aged five occur.

The key to ensuring compliance is obtaining the relevant certificate from a qualified pool inspector. This involves an initial check during which the inspector will either pass the safety requirements as compliant or will provide the owner with a list of defects. These defects must be rectified within three months and a re-inspection conducted by the same person who did the first one.

First Visit Checklist Helps Owners to Prepare

At Defence Poolsafe our whole business is pool inspections, so when you book us to assist you towards compliance, you can be assured that there are no unexpected add-ons to the quoted price. We provide you with a checklist before our first visit so you know what to look for to get your premises ready. If your property is initially non-compliant, we provide a comprehensive report detailing everything that needs to be done within the three month timeframe.

Our service includes guidance and advice so you are not left alone to grapple with the regulations yourself. At the second vital pool inspection, provided everything is in order we will issue you with a certificate of compliance. If you need assistance with sourcing trade work to bring your premises up to the safety standards, we can also recommend competent and qualified people who know the regulations, as well as what is required for compliance.

Safety Laws Needed to Stop Child Drownings

In Queensland the number one cause of death of children under 4 is drowning in residential swimming pools. The first safety laws were enacted in 1991 and child drownings dropped by 50%. Perhaps we all became complacent because between 2004 and mid-2010, forty-one children under the age of five, and with an average age of two, drowned in residential situations.

This is too high a price for our society to pay for the pleasure of a dip after work. The new regulations have been phased in to prevent this from happening and we are doing our part to ensure that no other families experience the anguish of losing a child in this manner.