Ten tips for swimming pool safety:
- Have your pool barrier inspected annually by an accredited Housesafe Swimming Pool Safety Inspector
- Ensure the pool barrier is 1.2m high
- The gap under the pool barrier MUST NOT exceed 100mm
- The pool barrier gate must be SELF-LATCHING from any position
- A 900mm NO CLIMB ZONE applies on the outside of the barrier from the top edge out 900mm and radius downwards
- The boundary barrier (neighbour’s fence) must be a minimum of 1.8m high
- A 900mm NO CLIMB ZONE applies on the inside of the boundary barrier from the top edge out 900mm and radius downwards
- The ground under the pool barrier gate posts must be of stable materials
- A CPR chart MUST BE clearly displayed 1
- No hand holds and foot holds available within a 900mm radius of each other
When I come across a pool that is non-compliant or has a broken latch I lock them up. There is no excuse for swimming pool fences and latches to be non-compliant.
Frequently we read about young children who have drowned in swimming pools because of carelessness. Young kids love to explore without understanding the dangers of drowning, it only takes seconds for a child to be at risk of drowning.
Pool inspectors should ensure that gates that are not self-latching are secured until fixed.
WHAT IS HOUSESAFE?
Housesafe Inspection Training is a professional industry organisation that exists to equip and educate Australia's property inspectors. We're passionate about improving the quality of pest & building inspections across the nation.
Director and head trainer Howard Ryan is a member of the following organisations:
- Institute of Building Consultants NSW
- The Australian Society of Building Consultants (ASBC), VIC
- Building Dispute Practitioners Society (BDPS), VIC