If you are a pool owner in Queensland then you need to make sure that you not only have a pool fence, but make sure that it is registered and compliant with the latest Queensland laws. From 20 November 2015, Queensland established new Pool Fence Safety laws that makes it a requirement to install, maintain, and inspect pool fences in order to help prevent unfortunate incidents and minimize pool dangers.
Several of these new Pool Fence Laws involve making certain that your Glass Pool Fence is properly taken care of, is at least the minimum height off the floor, and does not have any big gaps. You also need to make certain that your hinges are maintained, that there are no climbable objects too close the Glass Pool Fence, and also that any windows overlooking the pool are following the safety obligations.
Specifically, the requirements can be divided into two categories: Fence Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone.
Gold Coast Pool Fence Dimensions:
Your Gold Coast Pool fence must function as a barrier which is constant for the full scope of the pool– it must be fully confined by a fence. This means that you can use side and back fences as part of your pool fence, provided it creates an ongoing barrier, where all components of the fence are certified.
Your pool fence must be at least 1200mm high from bottom to top.
Your fence must contain a minimum of one gate, the gate can not open up into the pool area, and this gate must have self-closing hinges that can shut from any open position.
While you can use various other surface areas, like your border fences, or aspects of your house as a fence, there are some restrictions. Ultimately, your pool barrier can not have direct access through a building– there must constantly be some type of fence. This relates to both windows and doors. This implies that you can not have a doorway of your home open up direct into the pool area – even if the door is locked, or if the door is child resistant. You must have a pool fence additionally installed beyond the door. If you have a patio or veranda, this must either sit away from the pool fence, or if you want it in the pool area, it must only be obtainable through a compliant pool fence. Likewise, for windows, these can not manage to offer direct access to the pool area. You will need to make sure these windows are child-resistant and only partly openable.
When taking a look at the pool fence, it has to be at least 1200mm high, but there certainly must also be an efficient non-climbable zone. This non-climbable zone, or exclusion zone is drawn in a circle from the top of the fence and you must not have anything at all within 900mm of the top of the zone, and not have climbable objects within 1200mm of the top of the fence. Bear in mind that this is a 3 dimensional zone, and so you need to consider how close objects are to the fence.
If you have a permanent object within the 1200mm of the fence, you need to consider if this would decrease the effective height of the pool fence and make you non-compliant. If you can not move the object, you can solve this by increasing the level of the fence to make sure that it is 1200mm above the height of the object.
If you are not sure if you have a Pool Safety certification for your building, or if unsure if it is up to date, you can in fact check the Pool Safety Register
If you have an existing pool and are troubled about any one of these parts, you can contact us on 1300 937 902 and we will be more than happy to talk through your fencing problems, and even get you in contact with a registered pool fencing inspector if you are worried about compliance.