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Pool safety a new priority

27 February 2014 James Mitchell

NSW Fair Trading has announced it will begin compliance checks on retailers of portable swimming pools across the state this week.

The new checks come in the lead-up to new national safety laws due to come into effect on March 20.

NSW Fair Trading commissioner Rod Stowe said the new mandatory standards for labelling of portable pools, also known as inflatable pools, was the result of stakeholder consultation in May 2011 and October 2012.

“A recent Royal Life Saving Society report found that children under five accounted for nearly half of all swimming pool drownings, with falls into water accounting for 81 per cent of these deaths,” Mr Stowe said.

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Under the new standard, both the portable swimming pool and its packaging must display a permanent warning message.

Pool safety a new priority
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