QLD: Keep a cool head and stay safe this summer


As the weather heats up and Queenslanders flock to the pool or beach to cool off, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging consumers to stay safe while using common summer products and accessories.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said items such as portable pools, aquatic toys and sunglasses all present hidden dangers and consumers should be aware and buy with care.

“It only takes seconds for a child to drown silently, even in a pool with very little water,” Mr Bauer said.

“Portable and inflatable pools are a danger to young children because they are not usually fenced and may not be completely emptied after use.

“It is important for parents to supervise their children from within arm’s reach when they’re in and around water.

“Children should also be closely supervised when using aquatic toys or swimming aids such as vests and swim rings.

“Children can drown if their swimming aid fails, if they do not use it properly, or if they get injured while playing with it.

“Parents and caregivers should choose a toy or swimming aid that is appropriate for their child’s age and weight.

“Always read the safety warnings and follow the instructions as well as check the devices to make sure there are no punctures before using them.”

A new mandatory labelling standard for portable pools started in February 2014, and reminds consumers about the active supervision of children and pool storage.

Queenslanders can consult their local council about pool fencing laws.

Consumers also need to be mindful of labelling when buying sunglasses.

“Sunglasses labelled category 2, 3 or 4 give your eyes the best UV protection which is paramount in the harsh Australian sun,” Mr Bauer said. 

“Durable, glare reducing sunglasses with a lens category of 3 or 4 are the best for sport.

“Choosing the wrong pair can lead to serious eye damage, so you need to read the label closely. If you have any concerns you should contact your optometrist for advice.”

The Product Safety Australia website carries a short self-assessment tool to help you decide on the best category of sunglasses for you.

For more information visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or www.productsafety.gov.au.


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