For any DIY job, you always need to make sure you start with a plan. For a pool fence here on the Gold Coast you really need to make sure that you measure out your backyard, the size of your pool, and properly follow the distances that are needed in the local pool fencing regulations. You also need to make sure that you are avoiding any potential climb point areas.
Pool Fencing Regulations and Climb Points
Climb points are one of the biggest issues that DIY projects face with fence certification – you may have installed the fence yourself, but if you place it too close to certain objects then you may cause a hazard and have to start all over again. To make it easier for you, here are some key details that the current Queensland regulations discuss for pool fence compliance:
- The fence must be at least 1200mm from the ground to the top.
- There Can be no gap greater than 100mm
- If your fence is less than 1800mm high then climbable objects must be at least 900mm away from the pool barriers on the outside.
- You can also not have anything climbable within 300mm of the inside of the fence.
- If there is anything climbable in the area, it can reduce the ‘effective’ height of the pool fence.
- For instance, if you have a pool fence 1200mm high, but a table in the area that is 500mm high then your fence is unsafe because the table reduces the height of the fence below the required 1200mm height.
- Common climb points include tables, stairs, trees, raised garden beds.
- You also cannot have any door from the inside of a home open directly into the pool area.
- Windows also cannot open into the pool area unless they open less than 100mm or have a security screen.
These requirements are something that you should keep in mind when planning your pool fence. While it may seem complicated, it is all about safety, and that is something that any good fence installation company will also be keeping in mind when they complete any job. As mentioned, keep these ideas in mind when creating the plan for your fence because while cutting some corners may mean installing less fencing and saving you money, it is going to be a lot more expensive to have to pay a fine and do it all again properly.
If you have any questions about these pool fencing regulations, how to install fences, or are looking for DIY materials then feel free to call us on 1300 937 902 for a free quote.