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Portable pools

While they’re fun for small children and a popular alternative to below-ground pools, there are some hazards associated with portable pools.

Safety steps

Follow these safety steps to make your portable pool safe for your children.

Supervise

Kids are curious, attracted to water and may like to climb. Portable pools in the backyard can seem toy-like and remind them of bath time.

Always actively watch children and keep them within arm’s reach. Don’t leave older children in charge.

Act

Learn how to respond in an emergency, including CPR. It’s important to start compressions and breaths as soon as possible when a child is pulled from the water and to phone Triple Zero (000) for help.

If there are 2 people, one should make the phone call while the other does CPR.

Fence

In Queensland, if a pool has more than 30cm or 2,000L of water in it, there is a legal requirement to have a compliant safety barrier.

Check with your local council for fencing requirements.

Empty and store safely

After keeping watch all day, pour out water and put the pool away where children can’t reach. Never leave it where it can refill with rain or sprinkler water.

Pool safety education

The ACCC and state and territory consumer protection regulators have joined forces with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to educate parents and carers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools, along with tips to keep kids safe.

Safety labelling

A portable swimming pool and its retail packaging must display a warning message that is:

  • permanent
  • legible
  • of a certain height
  • in contrast to the background colour of the packaging
  • on front of the package.

Portable pools 300mm high or less must include the following statement:

WARNING!
Children have drowned in portable swimming pools.
Ensure active adult supervision at all times.
Do not leave children unsupervised in or around the pool—keep them within arm's reach.
Empty and store safely after use.

Portable pools 300mm high or larger must include the following statement:

WARNING!
Children have drowned in portable swimming pools.
Ensure active adult supervision at all times.
Do not leave children unsupervised in or around the pool—keep them within arm's reach.
Pool fencing laws apply to this pool. Consult your local government authority for fencing requirements.

In addition to the warning statement, the following safety sign must be permanently printed or embossed on the portable pool:

Safety sign to be printed or embosses on portable pool.