Gold Coasters are being urged to make sure their pools are safe this summer to minimise the chance of local kids drowning.
Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said a few simple steps would make sure that everyone was safe.
“If we all make sure our pools are up to standard, our kids are safe and prepared and that we’re each watching out for each other, we can all enjoy the fun and excitement of a glorious Queensland summer,” he said.
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“We have the best summer lifestyle in the world, and you wouldn’t want to swap it for anywhere, but with water comes risks and we all need to be prepared.
“Our state has strong pool safety laws and it’s important that all pool-owners make sure that their pools are compliant.”
The Minister also referred to the recent Royal Life Saving Society’s National Drowning Report, which showed a drop in the number of children drowning, but an increase in overall drownings across the country.
“No matter how strong you might feel in the water, swimming always comes with risks,” said Minister de Brenni.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is for people to be responsible for safety in the water and that means understanding and avoiding risky situations.
“This is especially the case in rivers and surf which can be unpredictable and conditions can change very quickly.
For more information on Queensland’s pool safety laws, visit www.qbcc.qld.gov.au or call the Queensland Building and Construction Commission on 139 333.