If you have a swimming pool on your property, it is very important that you consider how safety for all pool users can be arranged. This is something you should ensure from the beginning especially if you have children or pets as they can accidentally enter the pool. A pool enclosure or barrier is essential to prevent unsupervised entry to the pool and prevent accidental drowning.
What you can first do is check the local regulations and safety standards for pool barriers.
There will be a self-assessment checklist that you can find on the website of your state building authority that will highlight how you can achieve compliance. Once you have made the necessary adjustments you can contact pool safety services Melbourne so that they can send an inspector to complete the safety barrier inspection. By doing this, you can make sure your pool enclosure meets the industry standards of your country. Sometimes the barrier you have erected may not be compliant with the regulations and in this case, the inspectors will advise you on how you can rectify it by providing you with a detailed report. Some of the information you need to ensure the compliance of your pool barrier are the height required for the barrier, specifications for gates, spacing to be kept between pickets and self-closing mechanisms that can be safely used.
Even after making changes to your barrier,
You need to inspect it now and then to check if there are any signs of damage. It is important to carry out repairs when needed because there can be loose panels in the fence or broken panels. Some of the components can show corrosion or you may notice that the latches are compromised. You should also regularly trim any vegetation near the fence as this can affect visibility of the pool. Also, this can provide footholds for somebody to climb in. To further improve the security of your gates, look into self-latching or self-closing features that will close automatically. But you will need to test the latch to see whether it can be opened easily by a child. To go one step further, you can use a child-proof lock on the gate or have an alarm system installed so that it will notify you whenever somebody has opened the gate.
There has to be a clear line
Of sight through the pool fencing barrier so that you can supervise properly. So any vegetation or overgrown branches have to be trimmed. And make sure that no furniture or any other objects are placed close to the barrier. This will prevent anybody from climbing in. You should be able to see through the barrier and see if anybody is in the pool area from indoors. It is not enough to have these pool safety measures, you should also educate family members and guests about pool safety. You should teach your children why it is never safe to wander into the pool without an adult. You can also install signage that will provide safety instructions as well as emergency contact numbers.