May 10, 2021

Key Safety Aspects of Swimming Pools

When you decide to have a swimming pool built on your property, there are obvious safety issues that you should be aware of. Of course, you can monitor the pool 24/7, therefore you need to put a range of safety measures in place and with that in mind, here are some of the safety aspects to consider when installing an in-ground swimming pool.

  • Pool Fencing – Glass is the best material for pool fencing, as it is transparent, easy to clean and is also maintenance free. The fencing must be in good condition, with no gaps wider than 100mm and when everything is complete, search with Google for pool compliance in Stanhope Gardens and make an appointment for an inspector to pay you a visit.
  • Access to the Pool – If your gate has a self-closing latch, the gate will always be closed and with the latch at least 1500mm from the ground, it will be out of reach for a young child. In the event a young child gained access to your pool while you were out and the worst happened, you could be held liable if you did not have the safety requirements in place.
  • Inside the Pool Area – You are not allowed by law to put outdoor furniture of any kind inside the pool area and that includes BBQs and washing lines. In fact, the only items allowed inside the pool area are permanent shading, pool cleaning and filtration equipment and fixed water slides. An accident could easily occur if a child jumped from an object into the water, so it is best not to store anything inside the pool enclosure.
  • CPR Signage – According to the Swimming Pools Act of 1992, you should have a sign that clearly demonstrates how to carry out CPR on a drowning person, which should be fixed inside the pool enclosure.

If you think that your pool would pass the safety inspection, search online for pool compliance in Stanhope Gardens and make an appointment to have the pool inspected by state-approved inspectors. In the event your pool passes, you will be issued with a pool compliance certificate and should there be a few changes you have to make, the inspector would issue a non-compliance notice that gives you 12 months to make the stated amendments and have the pool re-inspected.

It doesn’t take much to ensure that your pool complies with state requirements and once you have the compliance certificate, it is valid for 3 years.