Swimming Pool Safety Tips: What you Should Know

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If your kids are grown up and you are in a position to afford a pool in the garden, there is a lot to consider and safety is, of course, a priority. In this article, we will outline the requirements for the NSW swimming pool compliance certificate.

The Swimming Pool Acts of 1992 recognised the need for stringent safety precautions regarding spas and pools and the following requirements are specified.

  • Inside the pool enclosure – There can be no outdoor furniture inside the pool area; the only items allowed are pool cleaning and filtration equipment, permanent shading and fixed water slides. There must be a CPR sign that is state-approved and clearly visible from any location in the pool area.
  • Pool Barrier – There must be suitable fencing of a height stipulated according to the pool size and the fencing must be in good condition, with no vertical gaps that exceed 100mm. Pool fencing cannot have any horizontal gaps, as they can be used as a climbing aid.
  • Climbing Hazards – There can be no objects within a 1500mm radius of the pool barrier; trees, shrubs, rocks, furniture or any man-made object, and when looking for pool compliance in Glenhaven, the inspector will walk around the exterior of the pool fencing, looking for anything that is within than zone.
  • Gating – The pool barrier gate must open outwards and be of the self-closing variety with a latch that is at least 1500mm from the ground. There can be no protruding hinges on the gate (special caps can be fitted) and you can never prop the gate open, it must be closed at all times.
  • Vegetation – There can be no vegetation that might be used as a climbing aid to enter the pool area, so do check this before booking the inspection.

The majority of Australian homeowners prefer glass pool fencing as this enables you to see inside, which is another level of safety and if you would like to talk to a pool fencing contractor, Google is your best friend.

The swimming pool compliance certificate is valid for 3 years and is transferrable to a new owner, and in the event the pool does not pass the inspection, you will be issued with a non-compliance certificate and you have a period of 90 days to carry out the recommended alterations and the pool will be re-inspected.

It should be noted that state officials have the power to issue on the spot fines to homeowners who fail to comply, plus we all have a duty to make pool areas as safe as we can.