Pool Safety Certificates | Homeowners’ Guide | What you need to know about Pool Barrier or Fence Compliance | Queensland Michael Cox, Total Inspections – May 2021
A refreshing summer swim in the pool Is a luxury unlike any other for us Aussies- it’s that quintessential Sunday afternoon full of sunshine, splashes and SPF.
Yes, It’s all fun and games soaking up the summer sun in your swimming pool…
until you have little ones to look after.
As we know, children have a rather unnerving knack for finding themselves in places they shouldn’t be in; another stress poor Mum and Dad (who are already stressed enough as it is) must deal with.
When talking pool safety, however, the risks involved are very serious.
A lot more serious than say, if your child were to end up on your neighbours freshly mown lawn… que angry old man yelling ‘get off my lawn young whippersnapper!’ (or is that only in the movies?).
The point remains, when it comes to pool safety, you really can’t ‘brush it off’ and ignore the protocol. This is not something to take lightly.
“Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in Queensland for children under the age of five years old.” (Qbcc.qld.gov.au)
That’s why structured safety measures have been put in place to avoid kids getting themselves into these extra-dangerous situations. For an overview of ALL pool regulations, please refer to our previous post here.
Even as winter is rolling through and the days of summer swimming pool fun are on the outer – you’re still going to want to make sure your pool is compliant. If not, you can face some hefty fines, particularly if you’re looking to put your home on the market this season.
You don’t want to risk your local government taking enforcement action against you in relation to the non-compliance. (qbcc.qld.gov.au)
Today let’s talk Pool Barriers: the simple rules to ensure your barrier is compliant.
Pool barriers or fences: what you need to know!
Please ensure that you have:
- A minimum barrier or fence height of 1200mm from bottom to top
- Got an above-ground pool? If the sides are 1200mm and non-climbable, then those sides can be included in part of your barrier. However, you must ensure that the access point of your above ground pool is gated.
- Make sure the gap between the ground level and bottom of the barrier does not exceed 100mm.
- Vertical spacing between barrier poles must not exceed 100mm
- See any tree trunks, rocks, or nearby posts close by that kids can use to climb into your pool area? Ensure anything a child could use to climb into your pool area is 900mm or more away from the OUTSIDE of the pool barrier and 300mm away from the INSIDE of the fence.
- And if you have a heated spa- they must be compliant too and follow all the guidelines above. (yes, even if they have a lockable lid)
*This is just a brief overview of the guidelines. Please read on and discover ALL the details on the qbcc.gov.au information sheet here.*
Alternatively, contact us for a designated pool safety inspection and certificate to do the leg work for you.
It’s always changing
Although these are the most recent pool safety and barrier guidelines (December 2015), there will always be amendments.
So, it’s super important that you are keeping up to date year per year!
Queensland Government legislation allows Council to issue on-the-spot fines for pool fencing not complying with the standards. As of 1 July 2020, the value of a penalty unit is equal to $133.45. (Brisbane.qld.gov.au)
A helpful tool
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission have a nifty online tool to make staying up to date that little bit easier. It asks you a series of questions to verify if your pool is up to par.
To determine if YOUR swimming pool meets with the current pool safety standard, complete this checklist tool. https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/pool-checklist/
Not so fast…
It shouldn’t all have to fall on your shoulders, and you wouldn’t want to face any fines on account of a minor oversight, either. So contacting a licensed pool inspector is going to be your safest option here.
You’ll also find in some cases that financial lenders now require a current pool safety certificate before helping you finance the purchase of a property.
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How do you get a pool safety certificate?
As fully licensed professionals-Total Inspections can provide you with the complete pool inspection service to ensure your pool is safe, secure and complies with your current council and regulations.
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