Swimming pools are a fixture of Aussie homes and for good reason. Our summers are hot and humid and often unrelenting. While sitting in the aircon can be a fine way to keep the heat at bay a swimming pool is unmatched and also provides an opportunity for play. On top of this a pool will also add value to your property.
With the abundance of pools comes the need for strict regulations in regards to safety standards and pool fencing in Queensland. The fact is that drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in Australia for children aged 0-5 years. Over half of these incidents occur in swimming pools in the home.
In Queensland the Pool Safety Standards were created in order to ensure a safer pool environment for everyone and help prevent accidents or death. It covers things like the height and strength requirements as well as non climbable zones, types of gates and how they should latch.
For fences the following checklist provides protection against some of the key issues regarding pool safety:
- The minimum height from finished ground level to the top of the barrier is 1200mm.
- The maximum allowable gap from finished ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 100mm.
- There must be one gap of at least 900mm between any horizontal rails on the outside, and the gaps in the vertical members must not exceed 100mm.
- If there is no gap between horizontal rails of at least 900mm, then the horizontal rails must be on the inside and the gaps in the vertical rails must not exceed 10mm.
- For fences less than 1800mm high, climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barrier on the outside and, where the verticals are more than 10mm apart, 300mm on the inside.
- For fences at least 1800mm high, the 900mm non-climbable zone may be on the inside of the fence and must be measured from the top of the inside. This could be useful for a boundary fence, for example, where it is difficult to make the non climbable zone outside the fence . Make sure that there is nothing underneath this zone that a child could jump on to, which would reduce the effective height of the fence from the minimum 1800mm
For pool gates the following checklist should always be adhered to:
- Pool gates must not open inwards to the pool area and must be self-closing and self-latching from all positions.
- Latches on the gate must be at least 1500mm high from the ground level and 1400mm from the top part of the lower horizontal railings. If not, the latch must be located inside so that it is necessary to reach over or through the fencing at a height of not less than 1200mm above ground level or at least 1000mm above the top part of the lower horizontal railings. It must also be 150mm below the top of the gate or the edge of any hand hole opening and, if necessary, covered with a 450mm radius shield with no openings greater than 10mm
- Pool gate hinges thicker than 10mm must be at least 900mm apart or the lower hinge must have a non-climbable (sixty degree) safety cap fixed to prevent climbing.
Not complying with these standards can carry a heavy fine. If you are found to not comply with pool safety standards you can be fined $934 by your local government for individuals or $2669 for companies with a maximum penalty of $22, 019.
Pool Fencing Queensland Experts
If you are looking to make sure your pool fence complies with the standards mentioned above or are looking to have a new pool installed then give Northside Fencing a call to discuss your requirements. Our experience and understanding of pool safety standards is unmatched and we will consult with you to create a fence that not only looks great but keeps you and your family safe.