Pool safety

Pool Safety

In Australia we are lucky enough to have nice hot weather throughout most of the year. This makes swimming pools a valuable investment. With a growing population living in strata communities, the allure of a pool within the scheme can be highly appealing. However, with the high density of people living in strata, potential risks associated with pool safety are prominent. This risk can be higher than what you might find in your average backyard swimming pool.

The Importance of Pool Safety in a Strata Community

It is no secret that pools can be very dangerous. 78 people lost their life as a result of fatal drowning in shared community pools between 2005 and 2015. This is why it is so important for strata communities to ensure all proper pool safety guidelines are maintained. Prior to the introduction of strict laws and regulations in Australia, drowning was one of the leading causes of death in children. Now, with the help of the government imposed rules, this number has dropped considerably.

Local councils all over the country work hard to enforce the government regulations. However, it is the role of the Body Corporate/Owners Corporation or Building Manager to ensure that the pool is maintained to a high standard at all times. In saying this, pool safety is something that everyone in strata living can work together to achieve by keeping an eye out for anything around the pool that might jeopardise the safety of your friends, family and neighbours.

Here are a few items to stay on the look out for around your pool:

  • That the gate is self-closing and latches automatically;
  • That there is clear CPR signage on display;
  • There are no climbable objects near the fence that be used as a step to climb over the fence;
  • That there is no damage to the fence or barriers surrounding the pool; and
  • That young children are supervised at all times.

In addition to the government regulations, most Bodies Corporate will also have specific By-laws with their own rules surrounding safety and behaviour in shared areas, such as pools. These by-laws are designed to be complied with by all owners and occupiers within a scheme. This is to ensure their own safety, as well as that of those around them. If you do not have a copy of these By-laws, contact your Community Manager who will happily provide a copy for your records.

If you are buying or selling your strata property it is important to know that it is compulsory for all properties to have a valid pool safety certificate. Before buying, selling or renting in a strata scheme we would recommend advising your agent or property manager to request a copy of the pool safety certificate from the Community Manager to ensure that the shared facilities are compliant and safe for you to enjoy.

If you have any concerns about the safety or maintenance of the pool in your strata community please notify your Building Manager or Community Manager directly. They can assist with maintaining compliance and keeping the pool safe and enjoyable for all. To contact StarBMS click here.

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