Many NSW pools still failing to comply

Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

A recent investigation by 9NEWS has found that tens of thousands of pools across NSW have failed to meet mandatory fencing regulations. According to 9, the number one issue is problems with self-closing gates, followed by climbable items found near fences or barriers, the presence of gaps under or to the side of fencing and no available resuscitation charts.

This is particularly disappointing, as an analysis of council data in January 2017 found virtually the same results, suggesting that no improvements have been made over the winter period.

The report suggests most pools fail on first inspection, with 98% in the Northern Beaches, 95% in Liverpool and 90% in the Hills District being deemed non-compliant when checks were carried out.

If the threat of a $5500 fine is not a deterrent for pool owners, surely the risk to life is. Last summer was a terrible season for drownings in New South Wales and authorities are now appealing to pool owners to ensure properties are compliant before the swimming season begins. Many Sydney councils have also signalled an intention to carry out random property checks.

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