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Is your pool fence safe?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

With the hot weather, owners of backyard swimming pools and spas are reminded to check their safety barriers and fencing to ensure they are in proper working order.

Private swimming pools and spas are a drowning risk, particularly for young children, if they are not secured properly.

Owners must comply with safety requirements and regulations.

These include a safety fence or barrier for all pools and spas more than 30cm deep, including inflatable and relocatable types.

Examples of safety breaches include failure to install self-closing or self-latching devices on gates, or not maintaining your swimming pool or spa barrier so that it operates effectively at all times. This also includes having outdoor furniture, plants or other objects adjacent to a fence or barrier so they can be used to climb into the pool/spa area.

Not sure if your pool or spa barrier is compliant?

Engage a registered private Building Surveyor to check and enjoy this summer with peace of mind.

For more information about water safety and pool fencing visit kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety

Concerns about the safety of a neighbour’s pool can be reported to Bayside Council via enquiries [at] bayside.vic.gov.au or 9599 4444