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Changes to Pool Fencing Laws

Source: Kidsafe NSW
Archived 10 Jul 2016 - Posted: 12 May 2016
The NSW Office of the Local Government (OLG) announced changes to swimming pool barrier regulations on 11 March 2016. Any home sold after 29 April 2016 must have a current pool inspection certificate that accompanies the contract of sale.

While swimming in backyard pools is a great Australian pastime for fun and exercise, it is also where  most drownings and near drownings occur in children under the age of five.

Even though the weather is cooling, it is important to check that the:

  1. Fence and gate are in good working condition
  2. Pool area and barrier are compliant with current laws
  3. Gate is always closed and not propped open

To watch a video describing some common faults of pool fencing and a safety checklist for the pool owner visit Kids Health’s Protect Your Pool Protect Your Kids.

For more information on water safety see the following Kidsafe NSW resources:
1.    Swimming Pool Safety fact sheet
2.    Kids in and Around Water brochure
 

 For more information visit The Office of the Local Government.  Contact your local council or click here for a list of accredited certifiers.

 
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