You may already be aware that properties in NSW that have a spa or swimming pool must be certified, which is aa safety measure put in place to prevent drownings, particularly children. The pool barrier must meet state requirements, which would involve an approved pool certification provider inspecting the pool area, and with that in mind, here are some aspects of pool safety to bear in mind when having your pool certified in Sydney.
Most homeowners prefer a glass pool barrier, for several reasons; glass enables you to see into the pool area, plus it is very easy to keep clean and requires no maintenance. Here are some aspects to check prior to booking the inspection by accredited swimming pool certifiers in Sydney, which will maximise your chances of success.
- CPR Sign – There must be a suitable CPR sign located within the pool area, which should be legible and in view from all locations.
- Pool Gate – The gate must be of the self-closing type and opening outward, with the catch release a minimum of 1500mm from the ground. Protruding hinges must be suitably capped to prevent climbing and the gate must never be propped open, especially not on the day of the inspection.
- Pool Fencing – The fencing must be of a height that is listed for the size of the pool and there must be no gaps (vertical or horizontal) that exceed 100mm. The fencing must be in good condition.
- Climbing Hazards – There must be no objects (natural or man-made) within a radius of 1500mm from the fencing, so any trees that fall withing that area must be removed. Basically, this is to prevent a child from climbing over the pool barrier and the inspector will examine the area, looking for any objects within that radius of the pool fencing.
- Inside the Pool Area – There can be no garden furniture inside the pool area and aside from pool cleaning equipment, there should be no items within this area, and that includes BBQ and other kitchen items.
All of the above need to be in place when the pool is inspected, and with a Google search, you can be talking to a state-approved pool certification provider and you can book the inspection.
It should be noted that your pool could be inspected at any time by the authorities and they can issue on the spot fines for homeowners that breach the regulations.
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