The short answer to this question is yes. All swimming pools and spas are legally required to have a continuous barrier that restricts access to the pool area by young children.
With drowning one of the biggest causes of accidental death by young children in Australia it is important that you reduce the risk by installing and maintaining adequate fencing around your pool.
So what do you need to do?
- Fencing constructed must comply with Australian Standard AS1926.1. Fencing must be constructed such that;
- the fence is an effective barrier to young children
- it is permanent
- young children can’t crawl under or climb over it by using foot and hand hold
- it is at least 1.2 metres high
- Any boundary fences used as part of the child-safety barrier are at least 1.8 metres high on the side that faces the pool, with a 900 millimetres non-climbable zone at the top inside of the fence; a boundary barrier may be climbable on the neighbour’s side.
Gates to the pool area must:
- swing outward from the pool area
- be self-closing from any position
- Be fitted with a latching device, out of reach of small children, at least 1.5 metres above ground level.
If you are selling your property and it has a swimming pool or spa that was built before July 1993 then you must ensure that the safety barrier meetings todays standard for new pools.
If you are concerned that your existing pool fence is not compliant the best thing to do is engage a Private Certifier to inspect your fence as they have the experience and qualifications to do so.
Adelaide Fence Centre can ensure your kids are kept safe by supplying and installing fencing and gates that comply with the Australian Standard. If you need more information or advice on fencing your pool please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Don’t wait until summer to secure your pool.
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