Common questions our doctors are asked
Is it safe for my children to play with pool toys?
Pool toys can include any floatation devices, pool noodles, rings, kickboards and inflatable toys such as rafts. Pool toys are OK to use, but children still need to be actively supervised in the water, even if the child is being supported by a floatation device to keep them afloat in water.
Always ensure toys comply with Australian standards, and that the toy is suitable for your child's age and weight.
All pool toys should be put away (and deflated if appropriate) after use so that they don’t attract attention or tempt children into the pool area.
We’re looking at buying a house with a pool, but it is not
fenced off. What are the legal requirements for older swimming pools?
Check with your state or territory’s pool fencing legislation for current fencing requirements. In Victoria, according to the
Victorian Building Authority (VBA), swimming pools or spas constructed prior to 8 April 1991 or on or between April 1991 to 1 May 2010 have a slightly different set of regulations that apply. All outdoor swimming pools and spas built after 1 May
2010 must not have direct access to the pool area via a door from a building.
If you are replacing an existing safety barrier for a swimming pool or spa built before 1 May 2010, you will need to comply with the current regulations.
It is the pool owner's responsibility to ensure their pool or spa barrier is compliant before selling or leasing their property, but there are differences in how this is regulated in each state and territory.
Speak to a licenced builder or your local building authority for information specific to your situation.