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A Barrier to Accidents: How Temporary Fencing Enhances Pool Construction Safety

Building a swimming pool? Or have an empty pool that doesn’t have the necessary permanent fence in place? All pools, regardless of depth, size, or stage of completion, require fencing by law. Temporary pool fences can prevent accidents and ensure your pool remains secure until it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Why Are Temporary Fences Around Pools Important?

Swimming pools, like any body of water, pose a risk of drowning to anyone and, in particular, to young children. Unfortunately, a backyard pool is a strong temptation to a child, regardless of whether they have the skills to stay afloat unaided.

Children under 4 are at the highest risk of drowning in a swimming pool, followed by children aged 4 to 15. In fact, in this age bracket you are just as likely to drown in a pool as in a natural body of water such as a lake, river or ocean.

Due to the risk of drowning, it is essential that all swimming pools are protected by a fence. This also includes swimming pools that are under construction. Even if a pool hasn’t been filled with water yet, it can collect rainwater and pose a hazard – it is possible to drown in only a few inches of water!

When Do You Need a Fence Around Your Pool?

There are strong guidelines in Victoria around pool fence safety. All pools that are greater than 30cm in depth must have a fence, regardless of whether they’re above or below ground, indoor or outdoor, or the size of the pool. This includes spas, hot tubs and Jacuzzis. If you’re unsure if your pool requires a fence to be compliant, you can check with your local council. Your builder who is constructing your pool will also be a good resource.

What are the Rules for Pool Fences?

Pool fences must meet certain requirements to comply with Victorian law. Some of the rules around pool fences include:

  • The fence must be at least 1.2m high
  • The fence must surround the pool entirely
  • There cannot be access to the pool via a door from a building
  • The fence cannot be close to anything that a child could use to climb over the fence, such as trees, outdoor furniture and barbeques
  • If the fence has a gate, it must not be propped open or be able to stay open on its own
  • The fence gate must be self-closing and self-latching, with the locking device being at least 1.5m high
  • The fence gate must swing outwards (or away from the pool)
  • The fence must be sturdy and not be easily pushed over and damaged by the elements
  • The opening at the bottom of the fence must be smaller than 100mm

For a more comprehensive guide to pool fencing laws, check out the Victorian Building Authority’s website.

How Ahoy Hire Can Assist With Temporary Pool Fencing

Ahoy Hire’s temporary fencing is suitable for pools at any level of completion. We provide sturdy, durable fencing to completely encase your pool and prevent any accidents occurring. Discover more about our fencing specifications and hire periods. Or get a free, no obligation quote today.

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