Pool Safety Inspection

Pool Safety Inspections Tip #17: Child resistant doors

July 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

Child resistant doors used as a pool barrier The pool safety standard does not allow self closing and self latching child resistant doors to be used as a pool barrier, other than for indoor pools. Child resistant doors have not been allowed for new pools in Queensland since 1991, however some pool owners may have…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #15: Multiple Pools or Spas

June 26, 2012 / 0 Comments

A single Pool Safety Certificate will cover a property that contains multiple pools or spas as long as they are on the same lot number as shown in council plans.  A separate Pool Safety Certificate must be issued for each pool if they are shown to be on different lots on council plans.  The pools’…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #14: Neighbouring properties

June 15, 2012 / 0 Comments

Pool Safety Inspections: The issue of Neighbouring tree branches and other vegetation It is always the responsibility of the pool owner (not the neighbour) to ensure their pool fence complies with the pool safety standard. If the neighbour’s side of the fence does not comply with the pool safety standard, the pool owner must either:…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #13: pool fences and gates

June 12, 2012 / 5 Comments

Pool Safety Inspections: Pool fences, pool gates and pool safety latches The minimum pool fence height is 1200 millimetres, measured from ground level. The distance between the bottom of the pool barrier and the ground must be less than 100 millimetres and the distance between any vertical members of the pool fence such as palings,…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #12: the role of your property agent

June 8, 2012 / 2 Comments

If a property agent collects commissions in connection with a lease or other accommodation agreement where no pool safety certificate has been obtained for a non-shared pool, they may be liable for disciplinary proceedings under the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000. In some cases  owners may request property agents to attend to pool…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #11: Dividing Fences

June 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

Pool Fence Inspections that include a dividing fence: Often boundary fences form part of the pool barrier, in these cases the pool safety standard still applies to the boundary fence if it is used as part of the pool barrier. The boundary fence must be a minimum of 1200 millimetres high and have a complying…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #10: Selling with a Shared Pool

May 31, 2012 / 0 Comments

Properties with shared pools (long-term accommodation) have been given a special phase in period. Properties with shared pools (long-term accommodation), that have a settlement date on or before 1 September 2012 must obtain a pool safety certificate by 30 November 2012. For shared pools (long-term accommodation) the following applies: Before entering into a contract A…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #9: Leasing with a shared pool

May 12, 2012 / 6 Comments

Owners and property agents should note that the date that a lease or other accommodation agreement is entered into may be different from the day the agreement starts. For example, a lease may be signed on one day, but not start for another two weeks. In this case, it is only the date that the…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #8: Leasing with a non-shared pool

May 12, 2012 / 1 Comment

Before entering into a lease or other accommodation agreement, property owners must ensure a valid pool safety certificate is in effect. This means a pool safety certificate must be in effect before signing the agreement, regardless of when the tenant starts residing at the property. For example, a lease may be signed on one day,…

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Pool Safety Inspection Tip #7: Pools covered by Safety Laws

May 12, 2012 / 1 Comment

Generally a swimming pool is an excavation or structure that is: capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300 millimetres or more and solely or principally used, for swimming, bathing, wading, paddling or some other human aquatic activity despite its current use. Swimming pools include spa pools, spa baths continually filled with…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #6: Background of Pool Safety Laws

May 12, 2012 / 2 Comments

Residential swimming pools should be safe places for families to relax and have fun. In 1991 amendments to the Local Government Act and the Standard Building By-laws required every swimming pool, regardless of when the pool was constructed, to have a complying fence around it unless the local council granted an exemption. Since the introduction…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #5: Selling a home

May 11, 2012 / 1 Comment

From 1 December 2010 a valid pool safety certificate must be obtained if a property with a pool is sold. To ensure this occurs the following obligations have been placed on the seller of the property. Before entering into a contract A seller must either give the purchaser a pool safety certificate or give a…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #4: Legal obligations

May 11, 2012 / 1 Comment

Pool safety laws require pool owners to construct and maintain a compliant fence around their swimming pool regardless of when the pool was installed. Under the new laws, pool owners have until 30 November 2015 to meet the new pool safety standard or earlier if they sell or lease their property before that date. If…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #3: Pool Safety Standard

May 11, 2012 / 1 Comment

The pool safety standard is the minimum requirements that a swimming pool barrier must meet to comply with Queensland current law. In Queensland the pool safety standard is the QDC, part MP3.4 and the Australian Standards 1926–2007 parts 1 and 2 as modified by the QDC. Note: Later versions of the Australian Standard do not…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #2: Pool Safety Report

May 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

The following Pool Safety Report contains the latest pool safety research and recommendations.  It was created by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  It illustrates the relevance of swimming pool fence safety standards and how it can save children’s lives. Click here to view the Swimming Pool Fence Safety Report Regular Pool Safety Inspections as well pool…

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Pool Safety Inspections Video 01 – Protect Your Kids

May 5, 2012 / 2 Comments

This is a very moving video that clearly illustrates the value of Pool Safety Inspections and the need to have your pool fence in good working order and to the current standards.  If you have any questions regarding Pool Safety Inspections please feel free to contact us. This video was created by the Children’s Hospital…

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Pool Safety Checklist

May 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

See if your pool fence can pass the Pool Safety Inspection Test. Once you pass the test all you have to do get your official Qld Pool Safety Certificate is hit the submit button at the bottom of the form and we will contact you to arrange an inspection. This will make your life easier…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #2: Existing Pools

April 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

Home owner’s that have an existing pool have until 30 Nov 2015 to comply with the new pool safety laws, or earlier if they choose to sell or lease their property before this time. The key changes under these new laws are: Replacing 11 different pool safety standards with one pool safety standard that covers…

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Pool Safety Inspections Tip #1: Pool Safety Register

April 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

All Queensland residents must now have their pool or spa registered. It is free to register your pool or spa.  To register your pool simply follow the link to register your property’s pool online.  If your pool is not registered it can result in on the spot fines of $200 or a maximum penalty of…

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Pool Safety Inspection: Gold Coast and Brisbane Ad Campaign

April 6, 2012 / 8 Comments

  If your questioning the value of the new pool safety laws in Queensland please watch this video.  This tv commercial was developed by the qld government. It shows that having your pool fence inspected and maintained as required can make a difference. There is a very high percentage of home owners in Brisbane and…

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