Safety audit of pools

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WANGARATTA council is inspecting the safety requirements of backyard swimming pools around Wangaratta to ensure that the community stays safe over summer.

Over the coming months, rural city residents may receive a letter informing them of a scheduled safety inspection.

Residents must ensure their swimming pool safety barrier complies with the building regulations prior to the date of inspection.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under five years of age and evidence suggests a large number of drowning deaths result from safety barriers that are faulty or do not comply with Australian standards.

Director of development services, Barry Green, said council often receives reports from concerned citizens about pools that are unfenced.

“Any pool or spa that holds more than 300 millimetres (30cm) of water, including temporary or inflatable pools available at retail stores, must be enclosed by a pool safety barrier with a height of 1.2m or greater and must be maintained,” he said.

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