A backyard pool is the epitome of Australia’s laidback, summertime lifestyle. However, it’s important to ensure your pool’s fencing protects the safety of your family and friends.
With Australia’s new strict pool fencing laws in place, there’s no better time to review your backyard pool’s needs. The experts at Affordable Glass Pool Fencing (AGPF) have put together a brief article below to give you an understanding of Australia’s pool fencing standards and what you need to consider for your pool.
Pool safety – what do you need to consider?
AS1926-2012 is the Australian Standards covering the pool and spa fencing requirements in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT. Some of the AS1926-2012 requirements include:
- Pool fence heights must be at least 1.2m in height
- Pool fences must have a Non-Climbable Zone (NCZ) of 900mm on the outside of the fence
- The NCZ must be free from objects that could provide climbing access to the pool, including trees, BBQs, chairs and toys.
- The maximum allowable vertical gap in the fence is 100mm
- The gap at the bottom of the fence is limited to a maximum of 100mm
- Pool fence gates must be fitted with a self-closing device. AGPF’s Polaris self-closing hinges are ideal for meeting this requirement on for frameless glass fencing gates.
On top of these regulations, it’s important to make sure you supervise children at all times, ensure your children are safe in the water through swimming lessons, and are aware of risks such as shallow no-dive areas and drainage issues due to hair or bathing suit strings/tassels.
Keeping your pool safe means you can relax knowing your family and friends can enjoy your pool all year round. If you’d like to find out more about Australia’s pool regulations and standards, get in touch with AGPF. Our friendly team of experts can help you review your pool’s needs and determine the best products to ensure the safety of your family.