Follow these 4 easy steps for pool safety. It’s the right time to check brush up on how to childproof your pool, maintain a safe swimming environment and ward off tragic accidents. Pools are meant to be enjoyed, so take these steps to keep them safe and fun. To better understand the nature of pool safety, keep a few things in mind:
Sadly, the possibility of pool injuries and fatalities is very real. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for young children aged one to four.
There’s no single safety device or protective measure that will completely childproof your pool or spa, or prevent every possible accident. Incorporate several types of the safeguards listed here into your pool safety plan.
Devices and barricades aren’t a substitute for an adult with a watchful eye. Never allow a child near water unsupervised, even if they can swim.
What to Look for in Pool Fences
Children should not be able to get over, under or through the pool wall, fence or gate by themselves. Exact recommendations depend on the style of barrier and the type of pool you have. Since local regulations vary, these pool barrier guidelines from the are a good place to start:
- 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.
How Safe are your Gates
- 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
Doors and windows
There should be no direct access through a door from the house or another building to the pool area.
Any windows opening onto the pool area must not be able to open more than 100mm or must have a security screen fitted.
A compliant CPR sign must be displayed, either attached to the pool fence, or displayed near the pool, so that the sign is easily visible to anyone near the pool. Contact us to arrange a visit to install a compliant CPR sign or to help with these easy steps for pool safety.
The Queensland Building & Construction Commission provide useful guidelines.