Pools are a popular destination during the summer season – especially for children who just love splashing and swimming while the sun is out. This is why it is important, as a pool owner, that you keep your facility a safe place for everyone.
Pool Safety Regulations in Australia
In recent years, there has been an increase in drowning incidents in Australia, which mostly involved smaller children. For this reason, safety laws have been put in place to ensure that the operation of pools are regulated – whether in residential or commercial properties – and that pool facilities are safe to use.
In Queensland, commercial pool owners, landlords and property owners with a backyard pool are required to obtain a pool safety certificate. To be able to do this, you need to be in compliance with the pool safety regulations, which include:
Proper Placement of Resuscitation Signs
Resuscitation signs must be visible from all sides of the pool area. Whether in water or just around the pool area, people should be able to easily see the sign.
The height requirement for pool fences is at least 1.2 metres and if it has gaps, the spaces between the rails should be less than 100 millimetres.
One type of barrier around the pool is dividing fences, which need to be at least 1.8 metres in height.
Pool owners should install gates that are self-closing and self-latching, with the latch at least 1.5 metres from the ground. The swing direction should also be outwards, swinging away from the pool.
Fences should not be climbable, and objects beside fences that allow children to climb, including pots, crates and branches should be removed. Objects placed near fences should be located at least 300 millimetres away from the fence.
Access to Pool Area from the Main House
Pools should not be directly accessible from the main structure. That is, a door may not directly open from your house into the pool area.
Getting Your Pool Inspected and Meeting the Requirements
While the guidelines are straightforward in terms of the safety requirements, pool owners should be aware that fences, gates and other pool equipment also slowly get worn and damaged over time. In other cases we’ve had at Defence Pest and Building Inspections, some owners have overlooked the incorrect installation of fences and gates.
Our licensed inspectors at Defence Pest and Building Inspections can help you with meeting the safety requirements. We will assist you with determining which changes need to be made so you can be in complete compliance and be able obtain a pool safety certificate.