POOL owners are encouraged to get their fences up to scratch by December 1 or risk an on-the-spot fine of $824.
Queensland's pool safety laws were first introduced in 2009 as part of state government legislation.
The laws require all new pools to comply with a comprehensive set of pool safety standards.
As part of the legislation, existing pools are also required to obtain a pool safety certificate before a house can be sold or leased.
From December 1, 2015, these safety standards will extend to all pools, regardless of their age or the rules in place at the time of construction.
Mackay Regional Council Health and Regulatory councillor Laurence Bonaventura said pool safety was an issue that could not be taken for granted.
"Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children under five," he said.
"All pools, including spas and portable pools, must comply with the current pool safety standards.
"The cost of a life is far greater than the price of upgrading a pool enclosure."
Some of the main issues covered in the legislation include:
- Pool fences must be no less than 1200mm high and clear of objects that would allow small children to climb over a fence of this height
- Gates must be fitted with latching devices that automatically close and latch, and
- The fence must be continuous for the full extent of the hazard, thereby enclosing the pool from all sides
There are also a number of requirements that are dependent on the situation.
For a copy of the current pool safety laws visit www.hpw.qld.gov.au.
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