Swimming pool fences
Tragically, every year a number of children drown in backyard pools.
A few simple precautions followed can help families avoid tragedy.
Owners of homes with a swimming pool must regularly check and maintain its fence and any other safety features.
All swimming pools installed in NSW homes after 1 August 1990 are required to have a child resistant pool fence that is at least 1.2 metres high or 1.8 metres if it is a boundary fence.
Fences must also comply with all other Australian Standards.
Pools built before this date do not have to be fenced unless they can be accessed from an adjoining property or the street.
It is also a legal requirement that swimming pools are registered with the state government. Visit the link in the right column.
We recommend home owners, landlords and tenants use the safety checklist on the state government's website to make sure your swimming pool fence complies with NSW legislation.
The checklist is available at the Swimming Pool Register site.
Safety and maintenance tips
- Regularly check that the gate self-closes and self-latches. Spray hinges and locks regularly with lubricating oil and immediately replace faulty parts.
- Regularly check and adjust the latching device as needed to ensure it is operating correctly and has not been affected by the ground, fence or latch movement.
- Regularly check fencing panels for correct gaps, rust and wear and tear.
- Regularly check all fence bolts, screws and fasteners to make sure they are tight and in good order. Any loose bolts, screws and fasteners should be tightened or replaced.
- Make sure trees, shrubs, barbecues, pot plants, toys, ladders, chairs and other objects are not within the 90 centimetre non-climbable zone of the fence and are stored as far away from the fence as possible.
- Always leave your filter covered and chemicals out of reach.
- Always supervise children around a pool and teach them to swim from an early age.
- Consider learning CPR in case of an emergency.
Last updated: Monday, 5 August 2013