WATCH: how easily your toddler could climb a pool fence

THE mother of a toddler who scaled a pool fence has warned other parents to keep a keen eye on their children.

Louise de la Haye also videoed her two-year-old son Beau Haines trying to climb a 1.2m gate to show that people cannot rely solely on fences to keep their children safe.

She contacted child swimming program Kids Alive about the video so the group could highlight the dangers to others.

Ms de la Haye's warning comes as the compliance deadline for new pool safety laws looms.

All pools, spas and certain portable pools must meet State Government safety standards by December 1, or earlier if the property is sold or leased, or owners could face fines of up to $18,700.

A CPR sign must be displayed nearby.

All pools must be registered with Queensland Building and Construction Commission by November 4 or owners could be hit with a $2300 penalty.

The legislation was introduced in 2009, but owners were given a five-year grace period to get their pools up to date.

My Pool Inspection co-owner Darryl Posgate said business had doubled in the past month for his statewide company as owners tried to beat the deadline.

The business completed about 500 inspections in October and has 16 inspectors in Queensland, including in Rockhampton, Mackay, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Kingaroy and the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Posgate said the last time he checked, only 14% of the 380,000 pools registered statewide had pool safety certificates.

He said the top three things pool inspectors checked were that gates self-closed, CPR signs were displayed, and pool fences reached at least 1.2m.

"There's nothing more dangerous than a gate that looks like it's closed," Mr Posgate said.

Louise de la Haye with her sons Kai and Beau Haines. She filmed Beau climbing a 1.2m pool fence. Contributed / QLD041115pool1
Louise de la Haye with her sons Kai and Beau Haines. She filmed Beau climbing a 1.2m pool fence. Contributed / QLD041115pool1

Ms de la Haye believes pool fences should be higher and made of glass so children cannot latch onto any part of the fence and pull themselves up.

The Brisbane mother said Beau has tried to climb their 2.6m yard fence, louvres and lattice doors.

Fortunately the little escape artist has never been hurt.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the state for children under five.

The QBCC said for every child that drowns in a pool, about five were hospitalised to treat immersion injuries and some would suffer permanent brain damage.



All pools deeper than 30cm must:

  • be registered,
  • be fenced,
  • have a current pool safety certificate before renting the property or when selling the property,
  • you must display a CPR sign near your pool.


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