Inflatable pool warning
Monday, 13th January, 2014
By Harper Fraser (1) enjoys splashing around with water, his mum Coralie ensures he has all the right safety gear on.
Locals are being reminded that to be pool safe and that includes inflatable and portable pools.
Acting Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey recently issued a warning to consumers about the dangers presented by inflatable and portable pools.
“While there are stringent local government regulations mandating fencing surrounding in-ground pools in NSW, these regulations do not necessarily apply to all portable and inflatable pools,” he said.
“Many injuries and sadly, even some fatalities, have taken place in the seemingly harmless paddling pool.
“Never leave a young child unattended in and around water no matter how shallow it is. Keep children within arms’ reach and never rely on older children to supervise.”
According to a recent Royal Life Saving Society report, children under five accounted for nearly half of all swimming pool drowning deaths, with falls into water accounting for 81 per cent of those deaths.
“Children under the age of five are particularly vulnerable around portable or inflatable pools,” John said.
“They are also far more likely to get into trouble if a flotation devices or inflatable toy they are relying on to stay afloat fails.
“Check children’s flotation devices and inflatable pool toys and look for signs of wear and tear. Never leave a child unattended when they are using flotation devices.”
Francois Van Der Berg, City Council’s Manager Building and Development said according to the Swimming Pools Act 1992, there is no difference between an inflatable pool and a standard in-ground or above ground pool.
“Pool owners must ensure that any swimming pool under their control complies with the legal requirements as set out in the Swimming Pools Act.
“Adult supervision is still the best method of control, never prop open pool gates and carry out regular inspections on the pool barrier.”
For further information on portable pool safety and the upcoming mandatory safety standard follow the links or go to www.productsafety.gov.au/portablepools
For more information about Fair Trading go to the Fair Trading website.