Consider safety when buying pools

COUNCIL is warning residents to understand their legal obligation before buying cheap swimming pools this summer.

Building surveyor Bruce Howie said the prevalence of cheap blow up pools was attractive for families looking for a summer-friendly Christmas gift, but they carry more cost implications than many people realise.

“It’s easy to find inexpensive large swimming pools that can be blown up and put in the backyard for summer,” he said.

“Many people don’t realise, however, is that these pools require a fence to meet safety regulations.

“Considering the average pool fence can cost around $2000, it adds a lot of expense to what was originally a cheap option.”

In Victoria any excavation or structure contained water to a depth greater than 300mm (30cm) and used primarily for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, including a bathing or wading pool or spa, is defined as a swimming pool.

Safety barriers are generally required for:

• In-ground swimming pools and spa pools
• Above-ground swimming pools, including inflatable pools holding more than 300mm of water
• Indoor swimming pools and spa pools
• Bathing and wading pools
• Spas and swim spas
• Jacuzzis
• Hot tubs

Mr Howie said residents should be aware of their safety obligation to their families and visitors to their homes, and particularly consider children under five years old.

“These rules are in place to keep children safe,” he said.

“Failure to provide compliant barriers or keep them maintained will incur substantial fines, not to mention any civil claims for damages that may end up before the court and the mental anguish should a death or injury occur.”

For more information contact Council’s Building Department on 5755 0555, a private Building Surveyor, the Building Commission on 1300 815 127.


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