City of Swan encourages pool owners to comply

City of Swan encourages pool owners to comply

THE City of Swan is encouraging residents to make sure their pools are safe during summer.

Local governments are required to inspect private pools at least once every four years to ensure they have compliant fences or safety barriers.

The City conducts between 3000 and 4000 inspections every year.

Chief executive Mike Foley said three residents were prosecuted as a result of non-compliant pools in 2018.

“We want to work with our residents to ensure their swimming pool barriers are compliant and children safe as possible around private backyard pools,” he said.

“However, when reasonable efforts have not resulted in compliance, the City has no other option than to commence legal action.

“It is the responsibility of property owners and tenants to make sure their pool fence abides by the rules.

“If you have concerns about whether your swimming pool barrier complies, please contact the City and we will help you.”

According to Royal Life Saving Australia’s 2018 National Drowning Report, home swimming pools were the top location for drowning for children under five years of age.

Mr Foley said having a compliant pool safety barrier was essential and also applied to inflatable pools and above-ground spas.

Penalties for non-compliance are $5000, according to WA Building Regulations 2012.

For information, visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/pools