10 YEARS ON: Andrew Plint still grieves for his young daughter but is determined her death will not be in vain.
10 YEARS ON: Andrew Plint still grieves for his young daughter but is determined her death will not be in vain. Melanie Keyte

The fatal risk being blown up in our backyards

POOL safety advocate Andrew Plint says the proliferation of cheap inflatable pools means it's only a matter of time before a tragedy happens.

Mr Plint, who along with wife Katherine founded Hannah's Foundation following the drowning death of their two-year-old daughter Hannah in 2007, said people underestimated the dangers of portable backyard pools.

On his commute through the Rosewood area he said he'd already counted "half a dozen" pools more than 30cm deep without a fence, as was now required by law.

"We've been lucky we haven't had a fatality yet and it's been a bit over two years since we've had one, but it will happen again," Mr Plint said.

"My eyes are instantly attracted to these pools. I don't go looking for them. People have the attitude that it's not going to happen to them."

Mr Plint said he'd reported the addresses of the unfenced pools to Ipswich City Council.

The most recently available Ipswich City Council figures show just how common backyard pools are in the city.

From July last year to January this year, Ipswich City Council investigated 76 complaints about

non-compliant pools, including spas and temporary pools.

Mr Plint has called for increased funding to be set aside for public education on the dangers.

"Most drownings involve visitors or kids who don't live at the property," he said.


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