Those thinking about adding a pool to their property or about to buy a home with a pool attached need to be well-versed in the pool safety guidelines mandated in the community. This article looks to Queensland’s’ guidelines in hopes that it helps prospective and current pool owners make sure their pools meet key safety parameters.
First things first: make sure that your pool is registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Registration is relatively easy using the QBCC’s online property directory, but failure to register can result in massive fines. Accordingly, make sure that you make this registration a priority.
Beyond the basic registration process, you will also need to schedule an appointment with a pool inspector that can review your property and ensure that it meets Queensland requirements. These mandates focus on the fence that encloses the pool and the access outside:
Pool Fence Requirements
Queensland requires that all pools are enclosed with a continuous, permanent fence that is at a minimum of 1200 mm high and no more than 100 mm off of the ground. The upper and lower horizontal rails of the fence cannot be more than 900 mm apart, and the vertical gaps between the fence slats can be at most 10 mm in width. The fence gate must open outward and feature self-closing latches that are located inside the fence and no more than 150 mm from the top of the fence. Hinges for the gate, similar to the horizontal rails, are no more than 900 mm apart and must be secured with a safety cap that prohibits climbing.
In addition to a clearly posted CPR sign within the vicinity of the pool, Queensland rules also dictate that there can be no climbable objects in the immediate vicinity of the pool. These objects must be at a minimum of 900 mm away from the pool and at a minimum of 300 mm from the pool fence. Houses also cannot provide direct access to the pool, and any windows that open near the pool area must either be secured with a security screen or feature a limited range in which they can open.
With your pool registered and your pool inspection passed, you will be able to receive a safety certificate from QBCC stating you are in compliance with Queensland regulations. If for any reason the inspector does not approve your pool, you can easily ask for input from that inspector as to how you can improve your space.
Keep in mind that Queensland’s rules are in place simply to keep its citizens safe, and that is a cause that our team at AquaSafe can support. For more ideas on how to secure your pool or to learn more about the further safety potential of a pool net, visit us as AquaSafe today!