How High Does A Pool Fence Need To Be? Pool Fence Regulations

How High Does A Pool Fence Need To Be? Pool Fence Regulations

When you’re installing a new fence, it’s important you choose a product that meets regulations. Pool fences need to comply with certain rules to be deemed safe. Wondering how high a fence needs to be around your pool? We’ve prepared this helpful blog to ensure you choose a safe, compliant fencing option.

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Why are there so many pool regulations?

Backyard drownings or accidents aren’t as uncommon as you might think, and the cause can often be attributed to non-compliant pool fencing. Perhaps a gate has been left open accidentally, a pool fence is short enough to climb, or there are climbable objects within reach of the fence or barrier – all possible points of access to a pool area for a curious child.

While it’s important to monitor your pool area whenever there are kids around, sometimes you can simply be distracted. With compliant pool fencing, you’ll give yourself the peace of mind that your pool area is protected and your kids are kept safe from harm.

How high does a pool fence need to be?

According to Queensland government regulations, all pools must be contained by a well-maintained fence or barrier of at least 1.2 metres in height. If there are any gaps or openings in the fence, they need to be more than 100 metres wide.

These specifications are in place to prevent any child from climbing the fence. If you own a pool or own a rental property with a pool installed, it is your responsibility to ensure the fencing complies.

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Other important regulations

Fencing dimensions don’t just refer to the fence itself; they also take into account the barrier and non-climbable zone around the pool. This zone must cover 900mm from the pool barrier, surround the entire pool, and be situated on the outside of your fence if it’s less than 1800mm high. Within this zone, you need to ensure that any outdoor furniture, objects, branches, retaining walls, or pot plants that measure more than 10mm across are removed. These regulations are in place to eliminate the risk of children finding a way to climb the fence and enter the pool area.

Pool fences are also required to have a self-closing and self-locking gate that opens away from the pool. Latches should also be placed a minimum of 1500mm above the ground in order to comply. With a self-locking gate, you won’t run the risk of accidentally leaving the gate open when entering or exiting the pool area. It’s crucial you maintain your gate by inspecting it regularly and replacing or repairing a broken hinge or faulty latch.

Pools areas also need to contain a large, visible CPR sign to guide you in the event of an accident.

If you have windows that open out into your pool area, it’s important you install secure screens to prevent a child from entering your pool area via an open window.

Contact us today

For quality-made glass pool fencing that complies with all the government regulations, choose Frameless Glass Installations. Operating out of the Sunshine Coast, we pride ourselves on our outstanding products and commitment to quality customer service.

Whether you’re updating your home or need help with commercial development, our experienced team is on hand to provide quality advice and assistance and install a product that exceeds your expectations.

Give us a call today on 07 5479 0003 to speak to our team, hear more about us and what we do, or arrange a free estimate, site measure or quote for your project.

Is Your Pool Fencing Compliant To QLD Regulations?

Is Your Pool Fencing Compliant To QLD Regulations?

Installing a pool fence is not only an essential safety measure, but a legal requirement in Queensland. As well as preventing a tragic accident, hefty fines apply if your pool is not secured properly.

At Frameless Glass Installations, we recognise the importance of protecting QLD residents and offer fencing solutions to suit a range of pools and backyards. Our glass pool fencing is not only a beautiful option but is installed to fully comply with Queensland pool safety regulations.

Pool with glass fence on the Sunshine Coast QLD

Why compliance matters

Building a fence around a pool yourself is not enough. Queensland law dictates a series of requirements to ensure pool fencing is compliant and offers as much protection as possible for homeowners.

A fence that does not meet regulations can allow children to enter a pool area unsupervised. Your four-legged family members may be at risk too, not all animals swim instinctively, and beloved pets can drown.

Pool safety standards have been updated, and an older fence may no longer be compliant. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) lays out these regulations in full.

Ensuring your pool fence is compliant

The best way to confirm your pool fence is compliant is to have an installation performed by a reputable company. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to confirm if your pool fencing is compliant, and Frameless Glass Installations is happy to help. We offer free measure and quote services to discuss your needs.

As well as a professional inspection, there are things you can do to make sure your pool fence is effective.

Clear the area

The QBCC states that there should be no objects within 900mm of the outside of the fence, or 300mm inside the fence. This includes objects such as planter boxes, dog kennels, or outdoor furniture. These could act as toeholds and allow a child to climb over the fence. Additionally, these objects may obstruct your view, and prevent you from seeing into the pool area if an accident does occur.

Measure your fence

Pool fencing must be at least 1200mm tall, with the latch on the gate at least 1500mm high. Gaps under the fence cannot measure more than 100mm in height. These measurements exist to prevent climbing over and squeezing between or under the fence. Full requirements are outlined by the GBCC.

Maintain your fence

Regularly inspecting your fence, especially after storm activity, is an important part of pool safety. Check for areas that are worn, bent, or loose, and that the gate latches securely. If any part of the fencing is not secure, the pool can no longer be considered safe, and you should arrange an immediate repair. Cleaning your glass pool fence regularly also improves visibility and the overall appearance of your fence.

A final note on safety

The most important part of keeping children safe around water is to never let them swim unsupervised. Children under 5 should always be kept within arm’s reach.

Frameless Glass Installations values your safety and enjoyment, so we are always here to help. Get in touch for your free pool fencing measure and quote.