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 Requirements for CPR and warning signs

Swimming pool areas must display:

  • a CPR sign
  • a warning sign during construction.

CPR signs

If you have a pool, you must have a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign prominently displayed.

If you are selling or leasing (renting) a property with a pool, you must have a CPR sign. If you are building a new pool, it must have a CPR sign.

The CPR sign must:

  • show how to perform CPR in line with the technique published below.
  • be attached to the safety barrier of the pool, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to a person near the pool
  • be at least 300mm by 300mm in size
  • be made of durable and weatherproof material
  • include a prominent statement explaining how to act in an emergency (e.g. call Triple Zero, stay with the injured person, provide first aid).

CPR technique to be displayed

To comply with Queensland’s pool safety laws pool owners must display a CPR sign complying with the following technique:

  1. Danger - remove danger to you and bystanders
  2. Response – check if the person is conscious
  3. Send for help – call triple zero (000) or ask a bystander to call
  4. Airway - place person on their side, support head and clear the mouth
  5. Breathing – check the person is breathing, if not give two breaths
  6. Compression – if they are unconscious and not breathing follow the breaths with 30 compressions and repeat until the person can breathe on their own or the ambulance arrives.
  7. Defibrillation – if a defibrillator is available and the person is unconscious and not breathing attach the defibrillator and follow the prompts

Warning signs

If you are building a swimming pool, before construction starts you must display a sign stating that it is under construction.

The warning sign must:

  • warn people that a swimming pool is under construction, and that there is a danger to young children accessing the land (e.g. 'Danger. Swimming pool under construction. Keep children out.')
  • be placed within 1.5m of the road frontage for the land
  • be mounted so that the bottom of the sign is at least 300mm above ground level
  • be positioned so that it is visible from the road
  • be made of weatherproof material
  • have the warning written in bold text at least 50mm high.

If the land has more than 1 road frontage, a warning sign is only required on 1.

This requirement does not apply to portable pools.

More information

For detailed information, see the pool safety guidelines or Chapter 8 of the Building Act 1975 (PDF, 1.79MB).

Last updated 22 December 2015    

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