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Updated 1 March, 2023

Swimming pools are a great source of fun, exercise, and relaxation, especially during the hot summer months. However, they can also be dangerous if they are not adequately secured. Pool safety is of paramount importance, and pool owners need to take all necessary measures to ensure that their pools are safe for their family and friends to use.

First and foremost, pool fences can significantly reduce the risk of drowning, particularly for young children who are most vulnerable. But even with a pool fence in place, there are still common faults that can affect your pool fence safety.

In this blog, we will discuss the three most common faults that can compromise the safety of your pool:

Resuscitation signs
Resuscitation signs are a legal requirement for all swimming pools in Queensland. They are usually made of plastic and have the universal sign for CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid instructions. However, resuscitation signs can deteriorate over time, and they need to be regularly inspected to ensure that they are still in good physical condition, visible, and up to date with the most current requirements.

Objects placed within the pool area or adjacent to the pool fencing
Objects that are placed within the pool area or adjacent to the pool fencing can be a safety hazard. They can be used to climb or assist in climbing the pool fence. To ensure the safety of your pool fence, it is essential to keep a distance of at least 900mm on the exterior of your swimming pool and 300 millimetres on the interior of your swimming pool, clear of any objects that could be used to climb over the fence.

Poorly maintained gate
The gate is an essential part of your pool fence, and it requires regular maintenance. The hinges and the latch mechanism need to be checked regularly to ensure that they are functioning correctly. A gate that is not functioning correctly can potentially be left ajar, and this can lead to some very tragic circumstances. Gates must close from any position, including “at rest” against the latching device.

 

 

Video transcript: 

The three common faults that we see that can affect your pool fence safety are:

Resuscitation signs, generally they will not last forever so they need to be looked at and ensured that they are in good physical condition, they are not obscured and that they are the current resuscitation sign.

Secondly, objects that are placed within the pool area or adjacent to the pool fencing on the exterior can compromise the safety of your pool fencing. They can be used to climb or assist in climbing your pool fence, so ensure that you keep at least a metre buffer on the exterior of your swimming pool and 300 millimeters on the interior of your swimming pool, as well.

Thirdly, look after your gate. The hinges and the latch mechanism require regular maintenance. Failure to look after these valuable pieces of hardware will result in the gate not functioning correctly and potentially being left ajar, and this can lead to some very tragic circumstances.

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