Get to know the pool safety rules!
Compliant pool barriers help save lives by restricting young children from accessing swimming pools and spas. Property Managers have a vital role to play in protecting young children who reside in or visit the properties they manage.
When inspecting a property with a pool or spa, it can be helpful if you know what to look out for.
- all climbable objects are at least 900mm away from the barrier on the outside
- minimum height for a pool fence is 1200mm
- gaps under the fence are no more than 100mm
- CPR sign is visible from the pool enclosure
- pool gate must not swing inwards
- pool gate must never be propped open
- pool gate self-closes and self-latches from every open position, without manual force.
- adding simple, secure shielding can protect openings
- adding angled fixtures to the top of timber rails
- removing tree branches
- have your maintenance person lubricate the gate hinges and check the latch
- securing windows and doors to prevent opening more than 100mm
- including secure surfaces under barriers to prevent gaps of more than 100mm.
Any person can be liable for a penalty of up to $23,000 if they are found to have wilfully interfered with a barrier in a way that renders it non-compliant. Wilful interference may include propping open a gate, or placing furniture, BBQ, and pot plants too close to the barrier.
This summer, the QBCC is encouraging all pool owners to follow these easy pool rules:
- compliant fence
- self-closing gate
- move climbable objects
- display CPR sign
- supervise young children.
Visit the QBCC’s website at Make sure your pool fence measures up this summer for more information.
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