New laws set for pool owners
POOL owners on the Coffs Coast have one more week to comply with new government safety standards.
After April 29, home owners are required to produce a current swimming pool compliance certificate before they sell or lease their property.
But there may be a few empty pockets after research revealed 40% of pool owners failed to regularly inspect the safety of their pool area.
Poolwerx Moonee Beach and Coffs Harbour owner Ged O'Sullivan welcomed the new legislation that he said would go a long way to increasing safety compliance and potentially save lives.
"Over half of the reported non-fatal drownings in home swimming pools were children under five," Mr O'Sullivan said.
"Pools and spas bring a lot of fun and health benefits to families, however, they do also present very real, significant risks if care is not taken around them."
The laws specify that a pool safety certificate, issued by a licensed pool safety inspector, is required when selling, buying or leasing a property and safety barriers are mandatory for all portable pools and spas deeper than 300mm.
Changes that may be necessary for pool owners to make include removing any climbable objects, displaying CPR signs, and raising fence heights to 1.2m.
For more details on the standards visit www.fair trading.nsw.gov.au.