PARENTS are being urged to keep a close eye on their children when around the pool this Easter long weekend.
Acting Minister for Housing and Public Works Coralee O’Rourke said making sure pools were safe and supervising children were key to water safety.
“The Easter long weekend is a time when many families take advantage of a few days off to relax by the pool for a break,” Ms O’Rourke said.
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“But backyard pools can be dangerous or even deadly without proper safety measures.
“Pool owners must make sure they comply with our strict safety legislation, which has been strengthened even further.
“This means ensuring your pool is appropriately fenced, as well as making sure gates are closed and latched securely.
“Sadly drownings and near-drownings can happen so quickly, particularly when there are young kids around.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to check your pool fences and gates, and also keep an eye on your kids.
“We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy Easter, without tragedy.”
For further information about Queensland’s pool safety compliance, visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or phone the QBCC on 139 333.