Pool Compliance for Pool Safety

When it comes to keeping your family safe at home, you are no doubt willing to do everything you can. The new pool safety laws, whilst they may seem inconvenient, are specially designed to keep your children safer around the pool.

Make Sure that your Pool is Compliant

Ensuring that your pool is compliant is not as difficult as you may think. You can do a basic run through with a checklist to ensure that the fences are the right height, etc, before calling in the best building and pest inspection professionals – Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections.

What does Compliance Mean?

The idea behind compliance is to make sure that young children are unable to access the pool by themselves. This means that the fence around the pool has to be at least 1.2 metres high.

The fence must have sufficient posts so that the fence does not sag. The gap between the ground and the fence should not be more than 100 mm (so that young children cannot wiggle through).

Fences should be constructed in a manner that makes it difficult for kiddies to climb over them. For this reason, any horizontal bars should be at least 900 mm apart.

All entrances to the pool area, whether through a gate in the fence or through a door from the home, must be able to be secured properly. You will need council approval to allow you to have direct access from your home to the pool.

The external walls of a class 10 building can be incorporated into the building but there can be no entrances from this building into the pool area. (A class 10 building is generally a garage or garden shed.)

In addition, a resuscitation sign must be put in place in clear view of the pool.

The regulations have been put in place to prevent deaths by drowning of young children. The rules are basically there to ensure that kiddies are not able to get access to a pool on their own. They should not be able to squeeze through the bars of the fence, climb up over the fence or squeeze under it.

The rules have already started to make a difference to the drowning statistics of children under the age of five years. There has been a dramatic reduction in drowning since the laws were introduced in 2009.

All in all, getting your pool up to scratch does not have to be a big issue for you and the rewards far outweigh the initial inconvenience. You just need to consult a professional company to make sure that everything is properly in place.

Pool Safety Laws

Most people associate pools with fun in the sun. In reality, pools can be quite dangerous if safety isn’t kept top of the list. The government decided to look into new safety regulations in order to curb the number of drowning accidents. The upshot is that your pool needs to be brought up to a compliant level for safety reasons.

What the New Pool Fence Safety Laws Say

The new laws apply to existing pools although any new pools built will also have to apply. Some general things apply to all pools:

  1. If your property has a pool, whether you own it or are leasing it, you need a pool safety certificate. The certificate is valid for two years in the case of pools that are not shared and one year for pools that are.
  2. Compliance standards need to be met before the deadline.
  3. The laws also apply to commercial properties – thus every property with a pool.
  4. Portable pools and spas that are deeper than 300mm need to have safety barriers.
  5. All pools also need to be listed in the pool safety register.

The Pool Safety Inspection Checklist

Before you book your building inspections to get your pool safety certificate, you need to run quickly through the following checklist.

Pool Fences

Your fence needs to be a minimum of 1.2 metres high, including a portion of at least 900mm that is not climbable. Gaps need to be less than 100mm.

Pool Gates

These need to swing out from the pool area and need to be able to close and latch by themselves. The latches need to be a minimum of 1.5 metres off the ground.

Dividing Fences

Any dividing fences need to be a minimum of 1.8m high and not climbable on your side of the fence.

Climbable Objects

This is anything that is considered possible to climb – such as a toehold or ledge that is a minimum of 10mm. Anything climbable must be kept away from the outside of the fence – a minimum distance of 900mm from the outside is required by law and at least 300mm from the inside of the pool area.

Doors

You cannot have any doors from the house opening directly onto the pool area.

Resuscitation Signs

The sign must be clear to read and easy to view from the pool.

Windows

Make sure any windows that do open onto the pool area have security screens installed.

Branches

Make sure that no branches make it easy for children to climb into the pool area. Trim branches where necessary.

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Getting a Good Gauge on Property Value

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When it comes to buying real estate it is important to conduct the appropriate due diligence to ensure the property you are buying is clear and unencumbered. Part of your due diligence agenda should always be to have an invaluable  building and pest inspection.

Invaluable it is, because of the money it could save you. A thorough Twinspectors assessment can reveal if the property has a white ant infestation, if any of its piers and stumps is sinking, if the roof is in a good condition or if there are any plumbing defects.

Once you have a condition report outlining the good and the bad of the property you are in a much better position to be able to offer a fair market value for the property in question.

Perhaps you have entered into a Contract of Sale already. If this is the case, it would have been signed with a condition stating that the sale would be subject to a suitable building and pest inspection being conducted. This allows you the opportunity to return to the negotiating table to make a counter offer should it prove necessary.

Should the report come back with any major issues highlighted in it such as an expensive roof replacement or something like the home sewerage plant on the property is not operating correctly, you will then have not only the opportunity but written proof of what would be required to bring the property up to a good condition.

Not Just for Prospective Buyers

We have a range of Inspection services we are able to conduct on a property:

  • pre-purchase Building Inspection is one as we have discussed above.
  • A pre-purchase Pest Inspection has also been mentioned above with the goal being to identify if there are any white ants, et cetera, living in or around the property.
  • A Pre-Sale Inspection is designed with the savvy seller in mind. Forewarned is forearmed when considering selling your property.
  • Annual Inspections are designed to keep the owner aware of and prepared for any upcoming repairs that may be necessary.
  • pool Inspection is designed to ensure a swimming pool is properly fenced and has no alternative means for entry apart from the self-closing latches. There must be no overhanging trees or items nearby that could be used to help climb the fence.

Whatever your inspection needs, perhaps we are able to offer guidance and peace of mind.