How Safe Is Your Pool Barrier?
Pools are great fun for all the family but they can also be dangerous if not installed with a compliant safety barrier.
Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where a child drowning incident occurs, with drowning being the most common cause of preventable death in children under five in Victoria. Evidence suggests that a large number of these incidents are as a result of fencing that is faulty or non-compliant with Australian standards.
Always Make Sure that…
Children are closely supervised by an adult at all times around the pool/spa
Your safety barrier is free of gaps, holes, or spaces that a child could try and get through
All gates and doors that lead into the pool area are self closing
All gates and doors that lead into the pool area are self latching
You regularly check all doors/gates are operational
The area surrounding your pool barrier is free of climbable objects ( trees, plants, furniture pool equipment etc)
Each supplier may have different styles of pool fencing or use different materials, get quotes from different fencing companies. You can compare their prices and also the styles of fences they can provide you with.
Any pool fencing must comply with Australian standards. You can read the Australian standards at https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/australian_fencing_standards_and_laws
Some of the more popular materials of fencing include:
PVC is the least expensive material and glass is the most expensive.
To find a list of fencing companies equipped with the latest regulatory information from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) visit https://www.spasavic.com.au/member/pool-fencing-and-safety#top SPASA Pool Fencing Members have the appropriate experience, practitioner registration and insurances to supply you with compliant fencing and balustrading to secure your pool or spa.