HEFTY fines of more than $900 for individuals and $2500 for companies can be slapped for failing to comply with pool safety regulations, Logan City Council has warned.
With summer fast approaching, the council has called on pool owners to check their fences and gates to ensure they are safe.
A Logan City Council spokesperson said it was working with schools and real estate owners to ramp up their safety message ahead of the school holiday period.
"Home swimming pools can offer a welcome relief from Queensland's heat but they can also be a potential risk for children," the spokesperson said.
"State-wide pool fencing laws are enforced by local councils, including Logan City Council, which is responsible for inspecting and issuing fines for breaches of the regulations."
Pools must be listed on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission pool register online for free.
Courts can issue fines of almost $20,000 for serious beaches of pool regulations.
Regulations apply to pool owners and rental agencies and are relevant to all pools or spas capable of holding more than 30cm of water.
Regulations don't apply to dams, ponds, bird baths or fountains.
For more information visit the Logan City Council website.
Pool safety regulations
- How to perform CPR sign must be displayed
- Fence must be at least 1.2 metres high
- Fence should not leave a gap of more than 10 cm from ground level to the bottom of fence
- Fence can't have gaps of more than 10cm between vertical bars or sections of a fence
- Gate or access to pool must be self closing and self latching, with latch at least 1.5m from ground level
- Illegal for gate to be propped open or tied back
- Gate must be open by swinging away from pool
- Objects which could be used to assist climbing fence must be moved away from both sides of fence
- House windows that open onto pool can't open more than 10cm