More Pool Safety Checks Could Save Lives

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Despite building regulations requiring that all backyard pools have child safety barriers, figures from Life Saving Victoria (LSV) show drowning remains the most common cause of preventable death in children under five in Victoria. (source: Tough Glass Worx)

To avoid tragic deaths of children in pools and spas it’s vital that owners better understand their obligations under Victoria’s building laws and have compliant fences and gates installed and maintained in good working order

Despite building regulations requiring that all backyard pools have child safety barriers, figures from Life Saving Victoria (LSV) show drowning remains the most common cause of preventable death in children under five in Victoria. (source: Tough Glass Worx)

And while local councils are responsible for the ongoing inspection and enforcement of pool safety building regulations, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has called for additional safety protection measures to be explored.

The MAV has cited successful practices in Queensland, such as the provision of better information at pool and pool fence point-of-sale, along with the requirement for compliance certificates by pool and spa owners when their property is sold or leased, as modelling potential areas for improvement in Victoria.

Tough Glass Worx Director, Doug Graham has backed the MAV’s calls for increased education on the somewhat complicated building laws surrounding pool fencing in Victoria.
“To avoid tragic deaths of children in pools and spas it’s vital that owners better understand their
obligations under Victoria’s building laws and have compliant fences and gates installed and maintained in good working order,” said Mr Graham.

The Building Commission of Victoria states pool fencing reduces the risk of drowning to about one quarter of that of drowning in an unfenced pool. What remains unclear however is how many Victorian pools and spas are currently inadequately or incorrectly fenced.

“There are three sets of rules that apply to pool fencing in Victoria. Which rule is applicable depends on when your pool was built. The laws can be confusing which is why it’s important to discuss pool-fencing requirements with your builder or an experienced fencing specialist,” said Mr Graham.
“At Tough Glass Worx our high-quality glass pool fences provide owners with a fence that is as safe as it is stylish and our experienced pool-fencing specialists work to ensure every safety requirement is adhered to.

“Obviously no fence can never be as effective as the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, however our customers can have confidence that the glass fences they purchase through us are as safe and effective as building regulations require,” Mr Graham said.

Tough Glass Worx is an architectural glazing firm specialising in glass pool fencing in Melbourne and throughout Victoria. Their glass balustrade and fencing solutions meet all Victorian Building Regulations.

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