Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Big Fines for Pool Standards

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Big Fines for Pool Standards

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Byline: Declan Cooley Declan.Cooley@apn.com.au

IF YOU'RE worried about your pool, and find yourself scrambling now to comply with the State Government's pool safety standards before the November 30 deadline, then here's a quick checklist from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Pool fences are the most important aspect of pool safety and must be at least 1200mm high, properly maintained, have a gap no greater than 100mm between the bottom of the fence and the ground and fence rails must not be more than 900mm apart.

Any climbable objects within 900mm of the outside and 300mm from the inside of your pool fence must be removed. A current CPR sign must be easily visible.

You must ensure that no doors or windows provide direct access from the house to the pool and windows which open on to the pool area must be fixed so that they don't open more than 100mm.

Pool gates need to open away from the pool and must be able to self-close and self-latch from all open positions. …

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