Pool Fence: Tips and Regulations for A Safer Swimming Experience

Pools are fun and can keep you and your kids occupied for hours and days on end, especially now that hot, balmy summer days are getting longer and longer. The City of Melbourne has made it a point to keep everyone safe from accidental drowning, creating pool fencing regulations that are easy to follow and understand. There are both general and city-specific pool fence regulations that you should be aware of, something that your swimming pool builders in Melbourne must follow when building your private pool.

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General Regulations

  1. Pool fences should be made using quality durable materials
  2. Maintenance should be done to ensure that the fence is free from damages, holes, cracks, etc.
  3. Gate must open outwards, have a self-closing as well as a self-locking mechanism.
  4. Size of boundary fences: 1.8 metres high
  5. Size of pool fences: 1.2 metres high
  6. Absence of footholds as well as other climbable objects that would enable children to go over the fence is a must.
  7. Gaps in between panels, ground and bottom should not be greater than 10cm.

Melbourne/Victoria Regulations

  1. A building permit MUST be applied for before building a pool, spa, or barrier. Permit must be issued by a registered building inspector.
  2. All swimming pools in private residences in Victoria must have safety barriers to restrict access by children below 5 years of age.
  3. 4-wall fence should be constructed around the pool area.
  4. Fence should be constructed in a way that children won’t be able to climb on the fence or any fence attachments.

These along with local laws are deemed necessary to ensure that everyone is safe when using their pool. Fences should be installed when:

  • Pools and spas are 30cm (300mm) in depth, and that includes inflatable pools.
  • All pools and spa built before 2010
  • Temporary fence should be built if a pool presently being constructed has to be filled with more than 30cm of water depth.

Fences Does Not Equate To Adult Supervision

Even though you already have fences and barriers installed in around your pool, it does not mean that you can leave your children unattended outside the pool barrier. Children can have very nimble fingers, and accidents can still happen. You or someone may forget to lock the gate, or the self-locking mechanism may falter, causing it to open up on unexpected times.

Building fences may be additional cost for you and your family, but that cost is very small compared to the lives you will continually protect with the presence of pool fences. It is important that you register your pool and follow safety regulations when building fences so that you won’t have any problems with permits and penalties in the future.

If you have a previous pool fence installed, it may no longer meet present pool fence requirements. Read the City of Melbourne Swimming Pool and Safety Barriers guidelines and talk to your swimming pool designers about it so that you will get a pool that will be functional, stylish, and safe at the same time.

By | 2017-08-30T14:47:09+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Pool Fence: Tips and Regulations for A Safer Swimming Experience