Just weeks ago on March 11 a 4 year old boy was taken in a stable condition to Redcliffe District Hospital after nearly drowning in the pool of his North Lakes townhouse complex. In light of this and many other unfortunate home drownings, the North Lakes and surrounding community are being urged to stay safe around the pool over the 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.
“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.