We’re approaching the time of year when we spend more time in the water, and while we know it’s all about having fun, safety is also a major concern. If safety measures are put in place from the beginning, and you’ve obtained pool safety certification, it means your pool area is fully compliant with regulations, and you’re all good to go. According to Queensland government regulations, all pools, including portable pools and spas, must now comply with the pool safety standard. The standard applies to homes with new or existing pools in the various kinds of residential properties and buildings. Here are the top 3 reasons to get your pool safety certificate before the year is up.
SAFETY OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Summer in Australia means end-of-year gatherings, family barbecues by the pool, less time at work and more time to relax at home. The chances are that you and your family will be spending more time in or around the pool, and it’s important that the entire enclosure is safe. This includes pool safety gates, latches, climbable walls, flooring and lighting. A pool safety certificate will ensure that there are no broken tiles and that the pool and surroundings are safe for all ages. This will reduce the risk of drownings or unwanted accidents. And we don’t want to spoil the holidays, now do we?
As with many different sectors, regulations can be updated from time to time to ensure maximum safety. Pool safety certificates will also need to be updated if they are very old, but it’s best to check with your nearest safety inspector about the validity of your certificate if you already have one. If you don’t, now is a good time to obtain your certification to avoid any unforeseen changes or limitations that may arise in the coming years. If you’ve been maintaining your pool well, it may already be compliant, so getting your certificate could be a quick, stress-free process that will give you peace of mind and keep you on the right side of the law.
SELLING OR LEASING A PROPERTY WITH A POOL
According to Queensland law, pool safety certification is required when selling, buying or leasing a property with a pool. It is possible to complete a sale without the certificate, but this will require additional documentation. Pools must be upgraded to comply with the latest safety standards and registered on the pool safety register. For a smooth sale or purchase, get your pool in tip-top shape and have a pool safety inspector come over to assess your pool and issue a pool safety certificate.
Speak to us at Pacific Smoke Alarms about compliance requirements. We’ll advise on barriers, fencing and other elements that contribute to a safe pool and pool area at your Gold Coast home. We are fully licensed to issue pool safety certification upon inspection, should your pool meet safety standards. We also offer ongoing advice to help you protect your family from harm. Don’t procrastinate. Contact us today!