Tracey Joynson

Act now to ensure your pool fence complies

THE Queensland Government is urging the state's swimming pool owners to ensure their pool fences comply with state laws by December 1 - to ensure their summer fun doesn't end in tragedy.

Housing and Public Works Minister Leeanne Enoch yesterday launched a public awareness campaign to make sure all pool fences measure up to safety laws.

The campaign will include print, radio and television advertising, along with social media to make sure pool owners know their responsibilities.

"Fencing is a crucial first line of defence when it comes to protecting young children from drowning," she said.

"Local councils will begin policing pool fences from December 1 and owners who do not comply could face on-the-spot fines starting at around $800."

Ms Enoch said that in 2013-14 the Queensland Family and Child Commission reported two cases of children under the age of five who drowned in pools.

"In the same year there were 94 ambulance callouts and near drownings for children aged one to five," she said.

For more information about the pool safety laws visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au.



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