Yet another recall: this one should not be ignored!

It is estimated that around 80,700 pool fence latches sold through Bunnings Warehouse stores across Australia have had to be recalled. This is following an investigation which found that they do not comply with the required Australian Safety Standard.

With young lives at risk, this is clearly a very serious safety issue, and so I join the request that any and all owners and residents of properties with pools that have been fitted with the product need to take urgent action and have the locks replaced.

Every home, unit, flat or apartment owner and or occupier ought to ensure their pool has a compliant latch. Failure to do so may well result in them being be held liable if a drowning incident occurs.

It is also a timely reminder that home contents insurance has the added benefit of, in a typical good quality policy, $20,000,000 of public liability cover which would protect them as an occupier. Having this coverage of course does not mean that reasonable steps to prevent injury or damage is not taken out, so please check your pool gate latch and take it back and have it replaced if it is the one being recalled.

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