Pool safety

Helpful tips on making your pool safer

Below are some simple and cost-effective ways to make your pool safer and help you comply with the pool safety standard laws.

Garden beds and ground levels

  • remove surrounding garden beds from the fence
  • reduce the height of surrounding ground levels and garden beds
  • raise the barrier height to at least 1200 millimetres above the finished ground level.

Gates

  • adjust the gate to ensure that it doesn't swing inwards towards the pool area
  • install a striker or latch to make the gate self-latching
  • ensure the gate is self-closing and self-latching from any position
  • adjust the self-closing mechanism or replace the hinges to make the gate self-closing
  • oil the hinges if the gate is not closing properly
  • ensure the gate is regularly maintained

Climbable objects

  • shield any climbable objects with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting, vertical palings or a ‘fillet’ that has an angle of 60 degrees or more
  • trim any branches within 900 millimetres of the pool barrier – if there are branches overhanging from an adjacent property, you may need to negotiate with your neighbour to remove them
  • if vertical gaps are no more than 10mm, fix a timber wedge fillet (minimum 60 degree angle) along the horizontal rails within the 900 millimetre non-climbable zone
  • shield any lattice or other climbable material within the non-climbable zone with a non-climbable material such as flat polycarbonate sheeting or vertical palings
  • trim any climbable vegetation away from the barrier
  • remove all climbable objects within the 900 millimetres non-climbable zone

Windows that access the pool area

  • a window can be part of the barrier if—

    • there is a clear drop of at least 1800mm from the sill down to the pool area, or
    • the window sill is 1200mm high on the inside with no climbable objects within 900mm
  • otherwise, the window must be permanently fixed shut with security screens or with a permanent window chock so it can’t be opened wider than 100 mm
  • a permanent flyscreen can be used if the height on the inside is more than 900mm and less than 1200mm
  • gaps between louvres must be no more than 100mm and louvres must be fixed in place so that they cannot be removed without the use of a tool
  • window locks cannot be used as they can be left unlocked.