POOL FENCES & SAFETY BARRIERS

Maintenance of pool fences and safety barriers is essential to reduce the number of drownings and serious immersion injuries of young children in swimming pools. Pool owners are responsible for ensuring pool barriers are maintained and damaged fencing or barriers are fixed immediately.

Pool Safety Barriers and Pool Safety Fences Commonly Fail Because:

  • The gates are not self-closing and self-latching from all points, including the full arc of operation

  • The height of the pool safety barrier is less than 1200 millimetres

  • The adjoining boundary fences have climbable rails

  • The windows opening into the pool enclosure are openable with more than a 100 millimetre gap

  • There are climbable objects near the pool safety barrier

  • These are among the most common, but not inclusive of all

Easy Fixes To Help Ensure Your Barrier Complies

  • Replace, tighten or adjust the hinges on your gates or add a cap to the bottom hinge if gap between hinges is less than 900mm

  • Make sure the pool safety barrier height is no less than 1200 millimetres from the finished ground level immediately below, to the top of the barrier.

  • Ensure there are no gaps below the barrier bottom rail or panel greater than 100mm.

  • Ensure gaps between vertical bars are no greater than 100mm, and that horizontal surfaces on your pool safety barrier are greater than 900mm apart.

  • Ensure that there are no climbable objects within 900mm of your pool safety barrier at any time.

  • Raise the Pool Safety Gate Latch (finger grip) to no less than 1500mm from the ground level below and no less than 1400mm above the highest of the lowest horizontals, usually bottom rail.

  • Glass Gates & or Panels must not have a vertical gap greater than 10mm, within 450mm of the Latch. The Glass Gate latch must be no less than 150mm from the top of the gate.

  • Trim back any vegetation or branches that a child could use to climb over the pool safety barrier

  • Replacing damaged, demolished or removed portions of a fence or barrier

  • NOTE– These are the most common, but not conclusive of all Pool Safety Guidelines.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Pool Owners

The pool owner is generally the owner of the property. The owner of the property is responsible for ensuring their pool safety barrier is compliant at all times. Ensure to keep climbable objects (inc. furniture) away from the safety barrier.

Tenant Renting The Property With A Pool

Tenants are responsible for ensuring that the pool gate is kept closed and that there are not any objects that would allow children to access the pool. Ensure to keep climbable objects (inc. furniture) away from the safety barrier. If a person renting a property buys a pool that requires pool safety barriers, the owner of the pool must ensure the pool has a compliant pool safety barrier.

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