A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald, highlights the danger of blow up paddling pools and the fact that many parents and homeowners do not realise they are breaking the law by not fencing a portable pool that has more than 30cm of water must be surrounded by a fence that is 1.2 metres high and fitted with a self-latching gate.
It only takes seconds for a child to drown in shallow or deep water, parents need to be vigilant at all times and ensure the safety of children.
When I come across a pool that is non-compliant or has a broken latch I lock them up. There is no excuse for swimming pool fences and latches to be non-compliant.
Frequently we read about young children who have drowned in swimming pools because of carelessness. Young kids love to explore without understanding the dangers of drowning, it only takes seconds for a child to be at risk of drowning.
Pool inspectors should ensure that gates that are not self-latching are secured until fixed.
We urge all NSW pool owners to read this article from www.news.com.au regarding the NSW Government considering Jail terms for negligent pool owners resulting in a child drowning their pool due to carelessness.
This followers the drowning of a toddler who drowned in his neighbour’s pool in 2012 due to the owner not repairing the broken barrier.
WHAT IS HOUSESAFE?
Housesafe Inspection Training is a professional industry organisation that exists to equip and educate Australia's property inspectors. We're passionate about improving the quality of pest & building inspections across the nation.
Director and head trainer Howard Ryan is a member of the following organisations:
- Institute of Building Consultants NSW
- The Australian Society of Building Consultants (ASBC), VIC
- Building Dispute Practitioners Society (BDPS), VIC