Fencing compliance improving in the west

Wednesday, 27 February, 2019

Fencing compliance improving in the west

Further to last week’s article on fencing compliance issues in NSW, the latest figures from Royal Life Saving Society WA (RLSSWA) suggest one in five Western Australia backyard pools is failing to comply with basic safety and fencing regulations.

An article published in Perth Now said this is an improvement on previous audits, which typically saw one in three fail. The RLSSWA said data from 6586 pool inspections across five council areas in a 12-month period had shown a 21% improvement on first inspection compliance rates compared with previous years. The pass rate on final inspection now sits at 96%, a 5% improvement.

Many WA councils contract RLSSWA to conduct safety checks on some of the estimated 170,000 backyard pools and the association said non-compliance can be attributed to the usual suspects, including the presence of climbable objects or structures near fences, gates not self-closing or latching, and inadequate window childproofing.

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