For any DIY job, you always have to make sure you start with a strategy, and are aware of the rules for DIY pool fencing. For a pool fence here on the Gold Coast you really must make sure that you measure out your yard, the dimensions of your pool, and appropriately observe the distances that are needed in the local pool fencing regulations. You also have to be sure that you are eliminating any potential climb point areas.
Regulations, climb points and rules for DIY pool fencing
Climb points are among the greatest challenges that DIY projects face with fence certification– you may have mounted the fence yourself, but if you position it too close to certain objects then you may cause a hazard and need to start from scratch all over again. To make it more convenient for you, here are some essential points that the current Queensland regulations discuss for pool fence compliance:
- The fence must be at least 1200mm from the ground to the top.
- There should be no gap greater than 100mm
- If your fence is less than 1800mm high then climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barriers on the outside.
- You can also not have anything climbable within 300mm of the inside of the fence.
- If there is anything climbable in the area, it can reduce the ‘effective’ height of the pool fence.
- As an example, if you have a pool fence 1200mm high, but a table in the space that is 500mm high then your fence is unsafe because the table reduces the height of the fence below the required 1200mm height.
- Common climb points include tables, stairs, trees, raised garden beds.
- You also can not have any door from the interior of a home open directly into the pool area.
- Windows also can not open into the pool area unless they open less than 100mm or have a security screen.
These requirements are something that you should remember when planning your pool fence. While it may seem complicated, it is all about safety, and that is something that any good fence installation company will also be keeping in mind when they complete any job. As mentioned, keep these ideas in mind when developing the plan for your fence because while cutting some corners may mean installing less fencing and saving you cash, it is going to be much more expensive to need to pay a penalty and do it all again correctly.
If you have any queries about rules for DIY pool fencing, how to install fences, or are searching for DIY materials then don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 937 902 for a free estimate.