Logan City Council’s compliance watchdogs will be out and about checking that people’s backyard pools are safe this summer.
But first, they’re asking people to check that their own pool fence and gate complies with state laws.
They’ve launched a catchphrase, “Logan Little Lives Saver”, a title given to locals who do the right thing.
Deputy mayor Jon Raven said the pool safety education campaign will focus on self-closing gates, adult supervision and learning CPR.
“We keep finding that although the pool fence may comply with the state legislation, it’s often the gate that is the cause of drowning incidents,” Cr Raven said.
“Pot plants, rocks, and wire tied on a fence are used by some pool owners to keep the gate open for ease of access, unaware that this action can endanger lives.”
Cr Raven said council will continue to take an ‘outcomes based’ approach to rectifying issues.
“We’re not about wielding a fine book, we simply want to educate pool owners to help prevent a tragedy. Fines will only be used as a last resort.”
Home fire safety will also be promoted with residents encouraged to request a QFES Safehome inspection, where a firefighter can visit a home and conduct a fire safety audit.