Pool Safety Inspections Tip #21: Latching devices

The Pool Safety Council has received enquiries from Pool Safety Inspectors and members of the public about acceptable solutions for gate latches. Gates must be fitted with a latching device that will automatically operate on the closing of the gate and will prevent the gate from being re-opened without being manually released. The latching device must not  be able to be locked when in the ‘open’ position. If the latching device can be locked while in the open position, it will not comply with the pool safety standard because gates must automatically self-latch.

Aegis Building Inspections conducts a large number of pool safety inspections in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  One of the most frequent causes for a pool to fail a pool safety inspection is because of the latching device.  It is important that you test your latching device before the pool safety inspection is carried out.  Pool safety inspectors are not allowed to carry out minor repairs to your pool during a pool safety inspection.  It is usually a very easy job to replace, repair or adjust a latching device.  We have included a video in our video tips section that will show you how you can do this yourself.  With a little bit of preparation you can easily pass the pool safety inspection and get your pool safety certificate.

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