We’re starting to wind up Winter and move into the warmer months again. If you’ve been neglecting your pool area over winter, go through this pool safety checklist to make sure your yard is as safe as possible. If you have an existing pool fence or need a new installation, ask us about our pool safety inspection services today.
Pool safety is paramount at all times of the year. Just because your pool is out of use, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a hazard. You need to be diligent to protect your family and loved ones from harm. Do your research and stay on top of your pool safety requirements all year round.
When it comes to the installation of pool fencing, you will need to consult a professional. In the meantime, here are a few points to consider.
- Does your fence meet the current local safety standards? You can find out more about pool fence regulations on our blog. This includes standard heights, gate requirements, and no climb zones.
- Check for any damage to your fence – are there any gaps or loose panels? Check for any obvious signs of damage then ask our inspection team to check for structural issues and perform repairs.
- The gate needs to be self-latching and you must be unable to pull it open after latching.
- Remove any objects around the perimeter of the fence that could be climbed on. This includes your garden (trees, shrubs, foliage, and pot plants), furniture (barbecues, seats, and tables) and any children’s toys.
- Make sure there is CPR and pool safety signage attached to your fence.
There are a number of points on our pool safety checklist that are concerned with pool maintenance. You can follow these tips and contact your local life saving society for more information about how you can secure your pool area.
- Make sure any chemicals you use to maintain your pool are kept in a safe area. They must be stored out of reach of children and always as directed.
- There must be an RCD or circuit breaker connected to your power supply. This will help to prevent electrical shock by monitoring and switching off the power supply when a fault is detected.
- Check that all pumps and grates are working correctly.
Whether you’re an adult or not, you should never swim alone. The last item on our pool safety checklist is supervision. Watching out for each other is the most basic of pool safety rules. There are a number of reasons there should always be someone watching:
- children should never be left alone in a pool area
- any adult could bump their head and lose consciousness
- people with medical conditions should be closely monitored in the water in case they lose their ability to swim confidently
- if there is a dangerous situation with a pool pump, electrical fault, or the need for CPR, there will be someone to respond quickly and potentially save a life
Contact Jim’s Fencing Today
If you need more pool safety information, contact us today. Our professional team conduct fencing inspections throughout Australia. We’re passionate about keeping families across the nation safe throughout the year. Call us now if you’d like a free quote or more information about our pool safety checklist.