Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are being encouraged to check that their pool or spa is safe for summer.
The State Government legislates that pool barricade fencing is required around swimming pools and spas to assist in the prevention of childhood drowning. This is particularly important for children under five years age who are most at risk. The City encourages all property owners with either a pool or spa to ensure that their barricade is maintained in good working order at all times.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said approximately 40 per cent of drowning deaths in Western Australia occur in swimming pools, and making sure that fencing was compliant was a big step towards reducing these deaths.
“The City has the legislative responsibility for conducting a pool or spa fence inspection once every four years to make sure properties with pools or spas are compliant,” he said.
“When your pool or spa is due for an inspection the City will send a letter requesting the owner to phone the City and schedule a convenient inspection time."
“Given the warmer months are now upon us, we are encouraging everyone with a pool or spa to do their own safety checks.”
The Royal Lifesaving WA website has information on pool safety and a checklist for pool barrier compliance at www.lifesavingwa.com.au
. If you are unsure if your property is compliant, or wish to know when your barricade is due for inspection contact the City’s Building Services Department on 9021 9600.