Pool Safety

Pool Safety.

A lot of Australia’s residents are now very mobile with many people moving interstate following work opportunities. Many building surveyors are saying that misunderstandings over the rules and regulations concerning swimming pool safety fencing.

All Australian States have their own laws covering the safety aspects of swimming pool fences , outdoor spas and even a child’s wading paddling pool holding water more than 300mm in depth, but this is where the uniformity finishes,” says National President Jeff Brooks.

Laws are different from one State to another depending on many different scenarios and this includes when the pools were built. The list of variation is almost endless.

Mr Brooks said the law applies to both above ground and in ground swimming pools although in some States the above ground swimming pools do not require fencing around the entire pool, this is subject to different design features in the wall height of the pool. Parents of small children also need be aware of and check the requirements for small inflatable pools, depending on depth, they can be subject to the regulations for a pool safety as well.

The laws are confusing for some homeowners and can vary greatly depending on when these pools were installed and the State there in. Rather than make mistakes that could end with hefty fines, or even worse still, with the death of a child, the best way forward is to engage a pool fencing inspector who is up to date with the pool safety laws in your particular State.

As well, many States will review and update their particular laws yearly, so it is not an easy task for home owners to keep abreast with the changes to the pool safety laws for their swimming pools.

All home owners should have their pools and their spas inspected annually by qualified and licensed pool fencing inspectors. However, confusion regarding fence compliance and pool safety requirements among pool owners may lead to terrible accidents or even deaths from drowning.

While child drowning deaths can happen at any time throughout the year in all states of Australia, the majority happen throughout summer with February being the worst time.

And, the main location for among children under 15 years drowning is the back yard swimming pool or spa and children under 5 years of age the most likely to drown after falling into the pool or spa.

It takes only a short lapse in concentration and pool inspectors often see during pool safety inspections how easily it happens. Parents can easily be distracted while supervising their children, especially after visitors arrive to the home.

  • Poor supervision of small children
  • Leaving open a pool gate propping it open.
  • Wrong installation of fencing panels this includes footing not at the minimum depth.
  • Outdoor furniture that children can climb to get over the pool fences.
  • Pot plants and other feature wall placed close to the fencing.
  • Trees with over hanging branches close to the pool.
  • Children’s toys and many other items that will appeal to children left floating in swimming pools or near the pool.
  • The gates on the pool fences not maintained so that it no longer self close and latch.
  • Small inflatable swimming pools holding more than 300mm of water without the correct safety fences.
  • The gaps under pool fencing that will allow a small child to crawl under.

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