Swimming pool safety reminder from Cessnock City Council

As the weather heats up, Cessnock City Council is urging residents to be mindful of swimming pool safety for the upcoming summer months.

As the weather heats up, Cessnock City Council is urging residents to be mindful of swimming pool safety for the upcoming summer months.

Regrettably, 280 people drowned in Australian waterways and backyard pools between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.  

Health and Building Manager Grant Hamilton reminds residents it is a requirement for all pools, including portable and inflatable pools to be separated from the house and yard by a compliant pool barrier.  

“Pool barriers are there to help protect our young kids from accessing the pool area when unsupervised,” Mr Hamilton said.  

To be compliant with the required standards pool fences must be checked and maintained regularly ensuring there are no gaps greater than 100mm under or between fence panels and the gate is self-closing and self-latching.  

“In the end, nothing can replace the constant supervision of children by a responsible adult.”  

Here are some other important rules for pool owners:    

  • once finished using a portable or inflatable pools, empty and store them
  • never prop open pool gates or remove latching devices
  • pool fencing must be a minimum of 1200mm high (1800mm at the property boundary fence)
  • ensure the fence is not climbable—horizontal rails should be greater than 900mm apart and objects from around the barrier that provides a foothold must be removed
  • ensure an up-to-date resuscitation chart is visibly located within the pool enclosure and learn how to perform CPR  
  • all swimming pools must be registered—Council may issue fines of $220 for unregistered pools.  

If residents are unsure whether their swimming pool barrier complies, they may apply for a Swimming Pool Certificate of Compliance with Council by way of application and $250 fee.  

For further information regarding pool safety and fencing, you can contact our Duty Building Officer on 4993 4100 or email council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au

​14 November 2016