New safety standards for portable pools have been unveiled.
From March 2014 new warning labels will be required on portable pools under a new mandatory safety standard announced by the Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury.
Mr Bradbury said portable pools could range in size from shallow inflatable pools to pools as long as 10 metres and they were a popular choice for families during the summer months.
He said under the changes warning labels would be required on portable pools and their retail packaging to increase awareness of the need to actively supervise children and empty the water from shallow children’s pools.
Tougher labels now the law
“Parents should always be actively supervising their children around water,” Mr Bradbury said.
“Even shallow children’s pools can pose a drowning hazard if children are left unsupervised.”
He said the new warning labels on portable pools and their packaging would make sure that the message was front and centre of parents’ minds.
“The labels will also make it clear that pools with depths of 300 millimetres or more are subject to State and Territory pool fencing laws,” he said.
“Consumers that have purchased these types of portable pools should contact their local government authorities to confirm the fencing requirements for their pool.”
The Consumer Goods (Portable Swimming Pools) Safety Standard 2013 can be accessed at this PS News link.