Pool safety and fencing laws - make sure you know them

Pool safety and fencing laws – make sure you know them

If you are a pool owner in Queensland then you have to ensure that you not only have a pool fence, but ensure that it is registered and up to date with the current Queensland laws. From 20 November 2015, Queensland implemented new Pool Fence Safety laws that makes it a requirement to install, maintain, and inspect pool fences in order to help prevent accidents and reduce pool dangers.

Many of these new Pool Fence Laws involve proving that your Glass Pool Fence is properly taken care of, is at least the minimum height off the ground, and does not have any sizable gaps. You also need to ensure that your hinges are sustained, that there are no climbable objects too close the Glass Pool Fence, and also that any windows overlooking the pool are following the safety requirements.

Specifically, the criteria can be divided into two categories: Fence Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone.

Gold Coast Pool Fence Dimensions:
Your Gold Coast Pool fence must serve as a barrier which is continual for the full extent of the pool– it must be fully confined by a fence. This means that you can use side and back fences as part of your pool fence, provided it creates a constant barrier, and that all parts of the fence are certified.
Your pool fence must go to at least 1200mm high from bottom to top.
Your fence must have a minimum of one gate, the gate can not open into the pool area, and this gate must have self-closing hinges that can shut from any open position.

While you can use various other surface areas, like your border fences, or parts of your home as a fence, there are some constraints. Ultimately, your pool barrier can not have direct access through a building– there must constantly be some kind of fence. This applies to both windows and doors. This implies that you can not have a door of your home open up directly into the pool area – even if the door is locked, or if the door is child resistant. You must have a pool fence additionally installed beyond the door. If you have a patio or veranda, this must either sit outside of the pool fence, or if you desire it in the pool area, it must only be accessible through a compliant pool fence. Similarly, for windows, these can not be able to offer direct access to the pool area. You will have to guarantee these windows are child-resistant and only partly openable.

Exclusion Zone:
When looking at the pool fence, it must be at least 1200mm high, but there must also be a reliable non-climbable zone. This non-climbable zone, or exclusion zone is drawn in a circle from the top of the fence and you must not have anything at all within 900mm of the top of the zone, and not have climbable objects within 1200mm of the top of the fence. Bear in mind that this is a 3 dimensional zone, and so you have to consider how close objects are to the fence.
If you have a long-term object within the 1200mm of the fence, you need to consider if this would decrease the effective height of the pool fence and make you non-compliant. If you can not move the object, you can solve this by increasing the level of the fence to make certain that it is 1200mm above the height of the object.

Source: Queensland Government swimming pool barrier guidelines.

If you are unsure if you have a Pool Safety certification for your home, or if unsure if it is current, you can actually check the Pool Safety Register

If you have an existing pool and are concerned about any of these parts, you can call us on 1300 937 902 and we will be happy to talk through your fencing concerns, and even get you in contact with a registered pool fencing assessor if you are worried about compliance.

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