Council reminds residents to ensure home pool fencing is maintained
Shoalhaven City Council is reminding residents to ensure fencing around all home pools is being maintained to a high standard in the lead up to summer.
The reminder follows the NSW Police recently charging an Armidale property owner with manslaughter following the drowning of a small child in his backyard pool.
While the property owner did have a fence around his pool, the NSW Police have alleged the fence had not been properly maintained and was not kept at a level to stop people getting in.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said property owners have a responsibility to ensure that pool fencing was properly installed and continued to be maintained at a high standard.
“The horrific case of a small child drowning in Armidale and the ensuing manslaughter charge should act as a wake up call for many pool owners,” said Clr Gash.
“Under the Swimming Pools Act 1992, the owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that the pool is at all times surrounded by a complying child-resistant pool safety barrier.
“This means that pool fencing must be properly maintained and that pool fencing gates are installed, operated and maintained to required standards.”
“The same legislation applies to all pool owners, not just those with small children. We have seen time and time again how easy it is for a small child to wander away from his parent and into a neighbouring yard.”
“With the majority of drownings occurring in private pools and spas it is imperative that fences are kept to the required standards and children are always kept under supervision while in the pool area.”
For more information on pool safety and the required standards please visit Council’s website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.
Published 9 October 2012