While summer is a time of celebration and fun for many, the hotter days can also come with increased health and safety risks. Ensure this summer is a happy and healthy one by following some simple safety tips. Also remember to check on our older and younger neighbours, friends and relatives, particularly those with medical conditions, as well as keeping a special check on our furry and feathered friends.
New laws for swimming pool and spa owners
On 1 December 2019, the Victorian Government is introducing regulations to improve safety standards of pools and spas.
All owners will be required to register their pool or spa with Council and have it inspected and certified every 3 years by a registered building surveyor or inspector.
The new requirements aim to prevent the drowning of young children. In Victoria, pools and spas are the most common location for drowning deaths of children aged 5 and under. At least 80 per cent of pool and spa barriers in Victoria don’t meet safety standards.
Registrations commence 1 December 2019 and existing pools and spas must be registered by 14 April 2020*.
Once you have registered, we will contact you to confirm your pool or spa registration and outline the next steps.
* This date may change when the legislation comes into effect on 1 December.
Keep your house safe from fire
Victoria is one of the world’s most fire prone areas. All residents are required by our Amenity Local Law to keep their property free of fire hazards.
Dry, long grass, cuttings, leaves, firewood and rubbish around your property are all potential fire hazards and should be cleared before summer begins.
The potential risk of fires starting and spreading to neighbouring properties is significantly reduced when properties are well-maintained. To reduce fire hazards:
- maintain your lawns by mowing them regularly
- store building materials and firewood neatly, away from your home and fence lines
- remove all dead foliage and undergrowth from outdoor areas.
Remember your furry friends
- Ensure pets have plenty of shade and access to water that can’t be knocked over.
- Walk your dog in the cool of the early morning or evening (if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for theirs).
- Place an ice pack or frozen bottle in small animals' cages.
- Ensure your dog is never left in the car.
- Put a shallow dish of water in a shady spot for the local wildlife.