City of Joondalup warns pool and spa owners to ensure safety

Pool inspections must be carried out every four years.
Pool inspections must be carried out every four years.

WITH summer approaching, the City of Joondalup has urged residents with a pool or spa to ensure security gates and fences meet safety requirements.

Home to more than 22,200 privately-owned swimming pools and spas, the City is required by State legislation to inspect these at least once every four years, as well as carry out re-inspections where modifications are required.

In a statement it said drowning was the single biggest cause of accidental death among children under five years old and it was important every resident took responsibility to make sure their pool or spa complied with current safety regulations.

“The City will often provide information to pool and spa owners regarding their swimming pool security prior to arrival on site and will also work with owners throughout the process of obtaining compliance,” it said.

“Court action can be taken as a last resort.

“The City recently prosecuted a property owner for failing, despite numerous requests and inspections over a three-year period, to repair the swimming pool enclosure security at the property.

“The Currambine resident was fined several thousand dollars and ordered to pay court costs.”

Safety requirements include having pools and spas being fully surrounded by complying barriers, pool fences being 1.2m high and self-closing gates.