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What are Pool Exclusion zones? ways to stay safe around your pool

– Pool safety and fencing laws

If you are a pool owner in Queensland then you have to make sure that you not only have a pool fence, but ensure that it is registered and up to date with the most recent Queensland laws. From 20 November 2015, Queensland put in place new Pool Fence Safety laws that makes it a requirement to install, maintain, and inspect pool fences in order to help prevent mishaps and reduce pool dangers.

Several of these new Pool Fence Laws involve making sure that your Glass Pool Fence is properly taken care of, is at least the minimum height off the floor, and does not have any big openings. You also have to ensure that your hinges are sustained, that there are no climbable objects too near the Glass Pool Fence, and also that any windows overlooking the pool are following the safety obligations.

Specifically, the criteria can be divided into two categories: Fence Dimensions and the Exclusion Zone.

Gold Coast Pool Fence Dimensions:
Your Gold Coast Pool fence must work as a barrier which is constant for the full extent of the pool– it must be fully confined by a fence. This means that you can use side and back fences as sections of your pool fence, provided it creates an ongoing barrier, where all portions of the fence are compliant.
Your pool fence must be at least 1200mm high from bottom to top.
Your fence must include a minimum of one gate, the gate can not open into the pool area, and this gate must have self-closing hinges that can shut from any open position.

While you can use other surface areas, like your border fences, or aspects of your home as a fence, there are some constraints. Essentially, your pool barrier can not have direct access through a building– there must constantly be some type of fence. This relates to both doors and windows. This suggests that you can not have a doorway of your home open up directly into the pool area – even though the door is locked, or if the door is child resistant. You must have a pool fence additionally installed beyond the door. If you have a patio or veranda, this must either sit beyond the pool fence, or if you really want it in the pool area, it must only be obtainable through a compliant pool fence. Likewise, for windows, these can not manage to offer direct access to the pool area. You will have to make certain these windows are child-resistant and only partly openable.

Exclusion Zone:
When considering the pool fence, it has to be at least 1200mm high, but there must also be an efficient non-climbable zone. This non-climbable zone, or exclusion zone is drawn in a circle from the very top of the fence and you must not have anything within 900mm of the top of the zone, and not have climbable objects within 1200mm of the top of the fence. Keep in mind that this is a 3 dimensional zone, and so you should consider how close objects are to the fence.
If you have a permanent object within the 1200mm of the fence, you need to consider if this would decrease the effective height of the pool fence and make you non-compliant. If you can not move the object, you can solve this by increasing the height of the fencing to make certain that it is 1200mm above the height of the object.

Source: Queensland Government swimming pool barrier guidelines.

If you are not sure if you have a Pool Safety certificate for your property, or if unsure if it is current, you can in fact check the Pool Safety Register

If you have an existing pool and are troubled about any one of these areas, you can get in touch with us on 1300 937 902 and we will be more than happy to talk through your fencing issues, and even get you in contact with a registered pool fencing inspector if you are worried about compliance.

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