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STRATA SWIMMING POOL WARNING FOLLOWING NEAR DROWNING

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Sunday 5 January, 2020

Attention Queensland Media

STRATA SWIMMING POOL WARNING FOLLOWING NEAR DROWNING

UNSECURED POOLS A POTENTIAL “DEATH TRAP” FOR CHILDREN AND INFANTS

BODIES CORPORATE IN QLD URGED TO CHECK SWIMMING POOL COMPLIANCE THIS SUMMER HOLIDAYS

The state’s peak strata body has issued an urgent warning to bodies corporate in apartments, units and townhouses regarding pool safety after a toddler nearly drowned in an apartment complex pool in Sydney’s west.

According to The National Drowning Report for 2019, 31 drowning deaths occurred in swimming pools from July 2018-2019. (Eds – see link)

As the months of Summer remain the deadliest for drownings, bodies corporate in Queensland apartment complexes are being urged to play a role in safeguarding infants and children.

Strata Community Association (Qld) says the recent near-drowning tragedy is the catalyst for urgent action.

SCA (Qld) President James Nickless says, “While swimming pools are an enjoyable addition to any strata community, without a pool safety checklist and regular management to ensure compliance, they present a risk to patron safety, especially infants and children.

“Of particular concern are any unmanaged properties without a resident manager or body corporate manager who are not sufficiently aware of legislation. We’re urging them to hire a pool professional to check they comply.

“You don’t need to be an expert to realise we’re coming into a high-risk period over Summer and it’s important extra safety precautions are taken by property managers to ensure pools and spas are safe and compliant to mitigate risks.”

While numbers at holiday apartments swell over Summer, apartments and units are no longer just a holidaymaker’s paradise, with countless families throughout Queensland choosing the strata lifestyle, and that requires a significant focus on strategies to keep children safe.

“It’s the responsibility of bodies corporate to protect the health and safety of their community. As more young families stay in and visit strata communities over Summer, safe-proofing facilities, such as pools and spas, is a high priority.

“Where there is no resident manager or body corporate manager, a pool professional should be engaged to assess and ensure safety compliance.

“We’ve prepared a pool and spa safety checklist for strata communities to display in pool and spa areas, and other high visibility locations, such as lifts, to promote safety around swimming pools and spas.”

1. Keep the gate shut at all times, making sure to supervise young children.

2. Fence the pool and make sure there are no objects young children could use to climb into the water.

3. Avoid alcohol around the water.

4. Don’t bring glass or sharp objects into the pool and spa areas.

5. Know your emergency procedures if someone is injured or requires CPR.

Strata Community Association (Qld) is urging bodies corporate, owners and residents with questions to consult with local pool safety advocates if they need more information about how to ensure the safety of their pool.

ENDS

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About Strata Community Association (QLD)

Strata Community Australia (Qld) Limited (SCA Qld) is the peak industry body for Body Corporate and Community Title Management in Queensland. Membership includes body corporate managers, support staff, committee members and suppliers of products and services to the industry. SCA (Qld) members manage property worth an estimated replacement value of $80billion.

There are more than 50,000 community titles schemes with 409,000 community titled lots in Queensland. 43.3% of all new dwelling approvals are expected to be lots in a body corporate scheme. SCA (Qld) proudly fulfils the dual roles of a professional institute and consumer advocate.
Website: http://qld.stratacommunity.org.au/

(ENDS)

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Pat McGuire
Marketplace Communications
0412 748161
Patrick.mcguire@mpc.com.au

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