Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Swimming pool fencing protects children we love

MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday 14 December 2004

Swimming pool fencing protects the children we love

Children can be quick, nimble and very quiet when they know they are doing something their parents wouldn’t like. A deadly combination when it involves an inadequately fenced swimming or spa pool and an inquisitive child.

According to Christchurch City Council Environmental Monitoring team leader Willis Heney, most children who have drowned in a New Zealand swimming pool or spa pool have been known to the owners of the pool – a son or daughter, a friend’s child or maybe the little one next door.

“Making sure your swimming pool fencing fully complies with government regulations will go a long way to ensuring your peace of mind if you are going to have young ones at your place during the Christmas holidays,” he said. “It is also vital that you watch children when they are in or around water.”

Christchurch swimming and spa pool owners who flout fencing regulations can also expect to pay stiff financial penalties, this summer. Pool fences that do not meet the requirements of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act can attract fines of up to $500, Mr Heney said. “If a child drowns as a result of non compliance, swimming pool owners can face fines of up to $200,000 and possible imprisonment.”

Non-compliance includes tying swimming pool gates back for easy access to the pool “An alarming trend in recent years,” Mr Heney said.

Pool owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their swimming pool or spa pool is fenced in accordance with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act and that the fencing is maintained or the pool remains empty.

Under the law, the immediate area around a swimming or spa pool must be enclosed by a fence at least 1.2 metres high. The fence must be built in durable materials and able to stop a child up to the age of six from climbing over or under it. The door or gate giving access to the pool area must open away from the pool and be self-closing. The self-latching gate must never be propped open. French doors and windows opening into the pool area must also be fitted with effective self-closers and devices to limit how far windows can be opened.

For further information, call the Council’s environmental monitoring team on 941-8406 or visit www.ccc.govt.nz/hazards/whyfencepools.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news