Pool Safety Inspections Tip #13: pool fences and gates

Pool Safety Inspections: Pool fences, pool gates and pool safety latches

The minimum pool fence height is 1200 millimetres, measured from ground level. The distance between the bottom of the pool barrier and the ground must be less than 100 millimetres and the distance between any vertical members of the pool fence such as palings, rods or wires must also be less than 100 millimetres.

Gates must self close and latch from all positions and must not open inwards towards the pool area. Gate latch releases must be located at least 1500 millimetres above the ground and at least 1400 millimetres above the lowest rail on the pool fence.

Occupiers and pool owners must ensure that pool gates and doors giving access to a pool are kept securely closed at all times when they are not in use. Any person who opens a gate or door giving access to a pool must ensure the gate or door is securely closed when it is not in use.

It is required that the pool owner make sure the pool fence and all of its components are compliant at all times.  If you have any questions regarding your pool fence, gates or pool safety latches please contact us.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding pool safety inspections and pool fence requirements.  We provide free advice, videos and information to assist you in conducting your own pool safety inspections and to perform the most common adjustments and repairs to your pool fence.

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  1. john on June 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Loving the information on this site, you have done an outstanding job on the posts.

  2. Shanique on June 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Great recap, Randall. You did an extraordinary job with this!

  3. Blas Valenzuela on July 4, 2012 at 7:25 am

    I wonder if all pools have all these safety measures? Most pools today are just too easy to access and they pose hazards especially to young children. I remember attending a birthday party in a club house where a little girl fell to the pool.

  4. Alex Barnett on July 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    It’s a good thing that you have posted these safety reminders. Incidents of drowning are on the rise so preventive measures have to be implemented as much as possible. According to the CDC, four-sided barriers reduces a child’s risk of drowning. Imagine what a world of difference that makes.

  5. Garette Marks on July 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Pool owners must be aware of the pool requirements of their locality. Safety regulations must be followed and done to prevent drowning or other accidents from occurring.

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