Australia: satellite data to spy out pool-safety scofflaws

by Walter Olson on September 23, 2009

Authorities in Queensland, Australia, intend to use spy-satellite photos to catch homeowners not in compliance with strict new safety rules on swimming pools, which include the mandatory clearing of trees near pool fences so that determined children cannot climb their way over. [Courier-Mail] More: Popehat.

In the United States, incidentally, there are some indications that a crackdown may be underway to enforce the new federal pool safety act passed last year and administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission [Aquatics International, earlier] And (via AI) Billings, Montana is pulling the plug on a big public pool project, since “the city wasn’t willing to accept the financial risk and legal liability of owning a large aquatic center”. [Billings Gazette]

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1 Colleen Daugherty 09.24.09 at 2:35 pm

Well in my neck of the woods, I needed to get everything around my pool approved by my town before I could swim. I guess its good for liability reasons. Be safe out there.

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