Forty children under the age of five drowned in Western Australia in the decade between 2003 and 2013. Approximately 40 per cent of toddler drowning deaths occur in domestic pools. For every drowning death 10 children will be admitted to hospital.
These tragic incidents can be significantly reduced if we are all aware of the potential hazards of water in our everyday life – using simple prevention methods and learning the life-saving skill of resuscitation.
The rules and regulations
All private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300 mm deep must have a compliant barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. That is right anything under 30cm needs to have a barrier that means portable pools, blow up pools are ALL required to have a barrier!
Rules for portable pools
Did you know fencing laws can apply to inflatable and other portable pools?
Young children can drown in a portable pool in a matter of seconds if left unsupervised. That’s why we’re asking landlords and agents to help us spread the word. Make sure your tenants are aware of the dangers and know the rules.
Portable pools that hold more than 30cm of water must be enclosed by a suitable safety barrier, and should be emptied and put away after each use – regardless of water depth.
More information about portable swimming pool safety is available on the department’s website.
Are there penalties for non-compliance?
Owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring that any fence or barrier restricting access to a swimming or spa pool is maintained and operating effectively. If you do not comply with the Regulations you risk the lives of young children and may face substantial fines.
If you have a built in pool or spa in your rental property, check out the Building Commission publication Rules for pools and spas for detailed information on poolbarrier requirements, including helpful diagrams.