Keep Youngsters from Pool Danger; Council Vows Random Safety Checks

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Byline: Sharyn O'Neill and Adrian Taylor

AS thousands of holidaying schoolchildren across the region head to backyard pools to keep cool, councillors are getting all steamed up about pool safety.

Rockhampton Regional Council's health and regulatory services committee yesterday ordered a crackdown and promised random checks at nearly 4000 approved domestic pools.

Committee chairman Cr Tony Williams said he was passionate about enforcing regulations and urged parents to be aware of the risks associated with inflatable pools.

"Normal regulations don't apply, but a child can drown in just a few centimetres of water and I think temporary pools pose the biggest threat," he said.

The council doesn't have the resources to carry out systematic inspections at homes across the region, a fact that rankles with Cr Glenda Mather.

She said the authority should be doing pool inspections with the same intensity as it carried out health standard checks at food premises.

"We need to let people know we are going to carry out aggressive inspections," she said. Random checks would at least keep owners on their toes, she said.

About five toddlers die in Queensland swimming pools each year. The fine for failing to provide adequate fencing around a domestic pool is $525. …