"DEATH TRAP" POOLS UNDER SPOTLIGHT FOR APARTMENT AND TOWNHOUSE OWNERS IN QLD
Expert Opinion piece – Stephen Raff, CEO of Ace Body Corporate Management.
It’s feared that sluggish maintenance could turn some
pools into “death traps”, ahead of the summer period.
By Stephen Raff
As warmer weather approaches, Ace is issuing a stern
warning has been issued for apartment and townhouse
owners in Queensland to be on top of pool safety in
The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report
released this week, identified a 32 percent increase
in the number of fatal drownings of children under
four years of age since last year, and we are urging
apartment and townhouse owners to be proactive, and
double check their pool safety.
At Ace, we want bodies corporate to understand it
is up to them to get the little things right, so that
tragedies don’t happen.
The difference between a safe pool, and one that has all
the makings of a death trap, comes down to small tasks
like pool safety maintenance, and we’re encouraging
bodies corporate to ensure they are up to date ASAP.
The 44 pool drownings reported by Royal Life Saving
Society Australia from the last year highlight how crucial
it is that pools in strata communities are in an adequate
condition, and all maintenance and repairs are carried
out correctly and when needed.
All the evidence suggests that a large number of child
drowning incidents occur as a result of pool fencing that
is faulty or non-compliant with Australian Standards and
there’s a big question mark over the compliance of pools
in every council area, including those in Queensland.
We’re desperately urging bodies corporate responsible
for pool maintenance not to leave their inspections until
it’s too late.
Last summer, we became aware of several council
audits in New South Wales and Victoria which identified
upwards of 80% of local backyard and community pools
as unsafe, and we’re very concerned that holds true for
countless regions this year.
Delays now that the weather is warming up could mean
that lives will be left at risk, and it is not something that
communities can afford, especially with the number of
families now calling apartments and townhouses home.
Alongside active supervision of children, bodies
corporate must check that their pools are safe and to
contact the body corporate manager if parts such as
fencing are inadequate.
Because pools in a strata community are often used
more frequently due to their shared environment, a high
standard of pool maintenance will need to be provided
on a more regular basis.
Regular and proper care and maintenance should be
a key priority over these popular seasons for pool use,
but bodies corporate must also keep up to date with the
necessary regulations to make sure everything is being
done appropriately if we are to prevent any unnecessary
health and safety risks.
Ultimately, optimising the safety of your body corporate
when it comes to maintenance issues, from pool safety
through to issues like fire safety can greatly benefit from
the presence of a suitably qualified strata manager.
For more information, you can visit the RLSSA website at www.royallifesaving.com.au
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As warmer weather approaches, Ace is issuing a stern warning has been issued for apartment and townhouse owners in Queensland to be on top of pool safety in their community.