Requirements for CPR and warning signs
Swimming pool areas must display:
- a compliant CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign
- a warning sign during construction.
You must have a compliant CPR sign prominently displayed if you:
- have a pool
- are selling or leasing (renting) a property with a pool
The compliant CPR sign must:
- show how to perform CPR in line with the technique outlined 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
From 1 January 2017, all new CPR signs for swimming pools must comply with 'ANZCOR guideline 8 - cardiopulmonary resuscitation' published by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).
If there was a CPR sign already in place on 1 January 2017, that complied with the previous requirements, it may stay in place until it becomes illegible.However, when that CPR sign becomes illegible, it must be replaced with a sign that is compliant with the technique from Guideline 8.
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.