New pool safety guides issued
COFFS Coast spa owners need to be aware of a new safety guide issued following the inquest into the spa-related death of 11-year-old Shannon Rankin.
The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW (SPASA) have applauded the new guide, saying it’s important for people to be aware of the condition of their home spas and pools.
“Pool and spa owners who are concerned about their particular circumstances should arrange for a licensed pool technician or builder to undertake a complete inspection of their pool and spa as part of an annual maintenance regime,” SPASA chief executive Spiros Dassakis said.
He said there were two main things people need to be aware of on all spas. The first is that it has a minimum of two suction outlets and you need to ensure the covers are not cracked, damaged or missing.
The second is that every spa must have a cut off switch situated within three metres of the spa and must be visible at all times.
“They’re the most important things people need to be aware of,” he said. “What we’re saying is people need to take care and maintain their pool or spa just like they would a car.”
A range of swimming pool and spa safety tips are available from www.spasa.org.au.