Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash is warning local residents that many smaller inflatable pools purchased over the summer season may be required to comply with swimming pool legislation.
Pools under 2,000 litres in capacity do not require approval from Council however pools capable of holding water greater than 30 centimetres in depth are required to have a child resistant barrier under the Swimming Pools Act 1992.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said local residents need to consider whether they are prepared to install a four sided compliant barrier prior to purchasing a smaller inflatable pool.
“Many residents may be unaware that inflatable or portable pools are subject to the same legislation as larger permanent pools,” said Clr Gash.
“However, more than a quarter of all drowning deaths among children in backyard swimming pools in NSW occur in inflatable or portable swimming pools.
“Smaller inflatable pools pose just as big a threat to the safety of children as the larger permanent pools, making it imperative that local residents ensure their pools remain compliant.”
“If residents are not prepared to install a compliant barrier around their inflatable pool then they need to purchase a pool less than 30 centimetres in depth that can easily be dissembled and put away after use.”
Mayor, Gash said pool owners are required to register their swimming pool and/or spa in a state-wide pool register.
The register is available online at www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au