Fencing inspections kick off in NZ

Friday, 17 August, 2018

Fencing inspections kick off in NZ

New Zealand's Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is about to kick off inspections of all residential swimming pools across the district, according to a report on Voxy.

The inspections commence next Monday (20 August 2018) and are in response to the latest legislative changes aimed at preventing the drowning deaths of children. The first round is a compliance spot check and any pools found to be non-compliant will be flagged for reinspection once advised required remedial works are complete.

QLDC Building Services Manager Chris English said the council had increased responsibility in light of the new laws.

"Legislation introduced by the government last year puts more onus on pool owners and the council to ensure pools are compliant and properly fenced and that spa pools or hot tubs have appropriate safety covers.

"The expectation is that council inspects all residential pools every three years to ensure they are safe," English said.

To facilitate the endeavour, QLDC appointed a dedicated swimming pool inspector who is tasked with developing a register and carrying out the physical inspections.

"We currently have a register of around 350 pools district-wide but we're sure there will be plenty more. We encourage anyone with a pool who hasn't already been contacted by us to get in touch so we can add you to the register for inspections," English said.

Image credit: © iStockphoto.com/Mauro Saivezzo

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