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Swimming pools are downright fun. However, what can be terrifying is the alarming rate of drowning cases in Australia. In fact, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the country and is responsible for the 291 deaths since 2017, many of which are children under 5 years old.
For this reason, pool safety laws were introduced, and all swimming pools are mandated to comply with the regulation. A Certificate of Compliance or Non-Compliance is required to verify that your pool meets relevant safety requirements including child resistant barriers around the pool.
Want to understand the basics of pool safety, as well as what you’ll need to comply with the safety regulations? Read on.
Pool Safety Basics
Register Your Pool – If you are an owner of any property that houses a swimming pool, you are required to register by completing the NSW Pool Registration Form.
Apply for Pool Safety Certificate – if you plan to sell or lease your property, you will need to apply for a pool safety certificate which will state that your swimming pool meets the relevant safety requirements.
Mandatory Inspection – there will also be a required inspection at least once every 3 years on any properties that have more than 2 dwellings or are used to accommodate tourists and visitors.
Apart from the basic guidelines, there are requirements that pool owners have to comply with. This is what will be discussed in the following section.
Pool Compliance Checklist
To be issued with a Certificate of Compliance or Non-Compliance, there are certain requirements you need to meet. It can be difficult to comply with these regulations. But still, these rules are important for the safety of your family, thus must be taken seriously.
The guidelines you will need to follow vary depending on a number of factors including:
- The year when your swimming pool is installed or built.
- The year when the fence or means of access to the pool was rebuilt or altered.
- The type of pool you have: indoor, outdoor, spa pool or portable.
- The type of property you own: waterfront property, small-sized property (less than 230 sqm.) or large property (over 2 hectares).
Here’s the primary checklist to assess your pool if it will pass the inspection:
➔ The gate opens outwards, away from the pool area.
➔ The gate automatically closes and latches itself from any position.
➔ The gate is never propped open.
➔ All the gaps are less than 100mm.
➔ The holes in a perforated fence should only be 13mm or less.
➔ All the fences are secure and in good order.
➔ The gap between the bottom of the fence and the ground is no more than 100 mm.
➔ There is no potential handholds or footholds that can be used to climb the fence in any direction.
➔ A first aid kit is always on standby.
➔ A warning sign, which includes how to perform CPR, is visibly posted.
For the comprehensive checklist, you can log-on to: NSW Swimming Pool Register.
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