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Did you know it is a requirement, by law, that you have a certified pool fence in Queensland? This has been in effect since December 2015. Whilst it seems a little daunting for property owners who have had their pools for years, it is a fairly easy process to complete.
If you have recently replaced your pool fence or have just installed a new pool, we can help make sure you are compliant.
Making sure you have a fence that is in good condition and undamaged goes a long way to keeping everyone safe. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death, in Queensland, for children under 5 years old. These stats are scary and supervising children in the pool, along with teaching them how to swim are only 2 parts of the puzzle.
Simple things to think about:
- Does the gate self-close?
- Pool gates MUST open outwards
- There is a requirement for a non-climbable zone of 900mm
- Is your fence height a minimum of 1200mm from the finished ground level to the top?
- Do you have a compliant CPR sign displayed?
- Are there any damaged fence panels?
In Queensland, you are required to provide a pool safety certificate when you sell or lease your property. There are lots of great resources available, including a checklist to help you prepare for your inspections and see what you might need to do before we come onsite.
Did you know?
- Since 1 November 2011, ALL pools are required to be registered. To check if your pool is on the register…Is my pool registered?
- Form 21 compliance will be lodged with Pool safety council as part of KP Building Approvals service (no extra fee)
Most people are generally unaware that removing a pool also requires certification. Once you have decided whether you are removing/demolishing or filling it in, Council requires you to notify them and provide a building compliance certificate.
If in doubt, a simple phone call or email will help put your mind at ease. KP Building Approvals are happy to have a chat and give you advice on what you need to do to be and stay compliant.
For more information:
QBCC provides a comprehensive and helpful guide to pool regulations and information http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/home-building-owners/pool-safety/overview