Is Your Swimming Pool Fence Compliant With Regulations?

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Swimming pool fences are a lot of things. They’re a design feature. They’re a safety feature. And, they’re a legal requirement. A lot of people underestimate the importance of swimming pool fences, and that can land them in hot water. So let’s have a look at some of the legal requirements for swimming pool fences in Queensland. Remember, laws change, and they vary from state to state. So always do your research on the Queensland Government website, and make sure your pool fits these criteria, and more.

Is your swimming pool fence less than 1800mm in height? Here’s what you need to do

Height is the most important part of any safety fence. Swimming pool fences are no different. If your height is inadequate, then the whole fence is too. Generally, anything around 1800mm and over is a good start. However, if it’s under 1800mm, the regulations state that you need to remove climbable objects from the vicinity. Those regulations state that anything climbable needs to be moved a minimum distance of 900mm from the fence perimeter. It’s easy to see why, too. There have been documented cases of children climbing over pool fences. The outcomes are often tragic. So keep your pool fence perimeter clear at all times.

The gate on your swimming pool fence must be self-closing and self-latching – here’s why

Your pool gate marks the one point of access to your pool. As a result, it is something that you should be wary of. If you leave your pool gate open, your entire pool fencing is as good as useless. That’s why the regulations require you to have a self-closing and self-latching pool fence. But that’s not a guarantee of safety by itself. You need to remain constantly vigilant to ensure that your latch and gate mechanisms are in perfect working condition. You also need to check every day to ensure that there’s nothing jammed in the gate to prevent it closing or latching.

Poor swimming pool fence maintenance is dangerous – it may also be against the law

So you’ve got a compliance pool fence, with everything up to standard – what now? Now, it’s time to keep it that way. Pool fence maintenance is an ongoing project. In fact, you should dedicate some time each week to thoroughly checking your pool fence for signs of damage, and wear. Any corrosion, deterioration, or flaws need to be addressed immediately. Good quality pool fences are a must, as well; they will stand the test of time, and keep your safety standards high.

Do you have a window opening into your swimming pool area? You need a fixed security screen

Alfresco dining areas are becoming more and more common. They’re a great feature of any Queensland home – a true celebration of our unique outdoor lifestyles. Often, they feature swimming pools too! If your outdoor dining/swimming area is immediately adjacent to your home, there may be windows adjoining it. Those windows represent a possible point of entry to the swimming pool area, for your child. That’s why the regulations state that any windows opening into pool areas must have security screens fixed to them. Those screens will prevent children from taking a backdoor into the pool area and circumventing your pool fence entirely.

Swimming pool fences are an important safety feature – here’s what they should be made of

Remember, these are just some of the many regulations governing pool fences. To remain compliant, you should do your research frequently. However, there are some extra steps you can take to get the best in pool safety. Our advice is to get an aluminium pool fence professionally installed. Aluminium stands the test of time like few other materials. It will last without corroding and keep your pool secured and compliant for longer.

Get in touch with FenceCorp today for more information on pool fencing regulations for your home. 

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