Owning a pool is a wonderful thing. It provides a space in your backyard for you and your family to have a versatile area to entertain, relax, and exercise. The investment in a durable fibreglass pool offers a decade of enjoyment. Nonetheless, activities undertaken near or in water come with certain risks. If proper care and attention is given so that your family and friends, including you, are safe, you can spend long hours of fun by your pool. It’s important to focus on safety aspects when you own a new pool, particularly regarding compliance with official standards and law. You have to do this to avoid paying heavy penalties, and more crucially, avoid injury to life.
An Official Requirement
Unattended pool space can pose a danger, particularly if young children are close at hand. Pools also present significant harm to animals. To prevent accidents, the best way is to limit pool access when it is left unattended. The only possible way to do this is to have adequate pool fencing around your fibreglass pool. Fencing must be of a good standard and be made from quality material. Fencing has other benefits, such as acting as a barrier to combat falling and slipping in areas that are bound to be wet around pools.
Different states and territories on the continent of Australia vary in rules and regulations about pool fencing. Nonetheless, the Australian law is governed by a standard which is effective in several states across the continent. This general rule of law covers the fencing itself, gates and windows, and the way in which non-climbable zones are defined.
The Right Fencing
The law states that fencing around your fibreglass pool should be of 1.2 m height-wise (as measured from the ground up). In case you want to install a boundary fence, it must be 1.8 m tall. Between the beginning of the fence and the ground, there should be a maximum of 100 mm space. Gaps between vertical support poles and bars should not be above 100 mm. At the minimum, horizontal bars should be 900 mm apart. If fencing has holes, these shouldn’t be larger than 13 mm depending on the fence design. It’s important to see that fencing is of a good quality and sturdy enough to support itself.
Laws for Gates and Windows
Here are the standard rules for gates and windows in the pool area:
- Gates must have a self-latching system, with latches 1.5 mm over the level of the ground.
- While installing gates, they should be done in such a way as to open in the direction away from your fibreglass pool.
- Windows must have a latch system that is secure and is not permitted to open more than 100 mm of distance.
Regulations for Non-climbable Zones
It is imperative to identify and define non-climbable spots within the pool fencing. This is done to prevent children and animals from climbing over the pool fencing area. Such a zone should ideally be fashioned in an arc shape, covering a minimum area of 900 mm. Such non-climbable zones should not provide any opportunity for children or animals to use as a climbing space. This means that there should be no items for children or animals that facilitate climbing like hand-held ones or footholds. Between the fencing and the poolside, a minimum space of 300 mm should prevail. Wherever required, appropriate signage must exist.
These are typically issued by council officers or inspectors to validate the efficacy of pool fencing and safety. Getting such a certificate means that your fencing has met all the necessary safety standards and follows protocols laid down by law. Usually, this follows an inspection, and if issues are found, the inspector will guide you in the way forward with a written document.
In the event of a potential accident, what can make the difference between survival and fatality is CPR. CPR helps drastically in the critical period before any other kind of medical help comes rushing in. As a result, CPR signage is of the utmost relevance. It should be posted in a main area near your fibreglass pool. Furthermore, it should be able to be read clearly from 3 m away. This signage serves as a vital reminder of what should be done should the need arise, and how it should be done.
Compliant CPR Signage Near Pool Fencing
Inspectors that give you certification to operate your pool will insist on CPR compliant signage in a prominent spot near the pool fencing. Such signage should include the following to remind people how to conduct CPR efficiently, according to medical norms:
- First, the signage should warn people to check for any danger to yourself, the patient concerned, and others around you.
- Next, comes the checking for any response from the patient, by way of verbal means and touch – talk to the patient, like ask his/her name, etc. and squeeze the patient’s shoulders, arms, etc, to see if there’s a reaction.
- Following the above two steps, you can send for aid if there is no response. Remain with the patient until help arrives in the form of a paramedic, ambulance, etc.
- See that the patient’s airway is open – you can do this by rolling the patient onto any one side of the body to clear the airway.
- Check if the patient is breathing – look first, listen next, and feel for a pulse rate. In case you feel that breathing is an issue, perform CPR.
- Begin CPR if required – this entails thirty chest compressions and two rescue breaths, in that order, till the patient recovers or till aid comes.
Swimming Pool Installation
When you install a flagship fibreglass swimming pool, you want nothing to go wrong as you have invested a great deal of time, effort and money in it. Similarly, you need to adhere to safety norms as dictated by your state or region. The pool company that you buy your pool from, and install it with, will have the necessary and sufficient information to help you. It will assist you in complying with safety standards and, in some cases, installing fencing. There is some great fencing out there, that looks attractive yet helps to keep you and your loved ones safe and sound.