How to check if my pool fence is compliant with Queensland state law
1 – Legal Pool Fence Heights & Gaps
Pool Compliant Fences – Summary of Video 1
- The most common issue with any pool fence is the height. A compliant pool fence must be at least 1200mm high.
- You should also check the gap at the bottom of the fence – the maximum allowed gap at the bottom of a fence is 100mm
- Also check for ‘stepping points’ that may lower the effective height of the fence
2 – Pool Fence Gates & Latches
Pool Compliant Fences – Summary of Video 2
- Child drownings occur because of faulty gates, or gates that can be propped open
- Pool gates must open out (away from pool) and be self-closing
- The top of the pool gate latch must be 1500mm above the ground
- Pool gate hinges can be considered a ‘stepping point’, lowering the effective legal height of the pool fence
- The gap between the uprights of a pool fence can be no more than 100mm
- Also check for ‘stepping points’ inside the pool fence such as pool furniture and pot plants
- Any object within 300mm of the fence (inside or out) may be considered as a stepping point
3 – Fixed and Compliant Pool Fence
Pool Compliant Fences – Summary of Video 3
- Entrances to pools should feature self-closing gates with the latch a least 1500mm high
- ‘Cones’ fitted to gate hinges help prevent them becoming stepping points
- Retaining walls and other landscaping features can easily become stepping points
- Pool fences should be compliant with local laws, look good, and keep kids safe!
Extra Pool Fence Compliance Notes:
- A proper CPR sign must be displayed inside the pool area to help facilitate the proper administration of CPR if an emergency may occur.
- Once your pool fence has been certified compliant, you should periodically check to ensure that the pool remains compliant; Land levels can change over time.
The Fencescape Fencing team will help you to plan your pool fence properly. We will visit your home and give you a thorough quote on building your new pool fence to ensure it is completely compliant.
Alternatively, Fencescape Fencing Warehouse stocks a large range of pool fencing materials and supplies if you are going to take on the building yourself.