Having a pool in your backyard is the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, but it also demands that you be a responsible owner. With the temperate climate found in places like Alexandra, Headland, Buderim, and a host of other spots in the Sunshine Coast, a pool is almost a must for many residents. When you contact a pool builder to create your perfect backyard oasis, you may be surprised about just how much work needs to be done. It not just as simple as digging a hole in the ground, putting in a concrete layer, and filling it with water, as there are a ton of safety regulations that need to be adhered to. If you already have a pool in place, you may want to make sure that it is in compliance with said regulations.
While we don’t have enough space here to go into all the rules and regulations, there are a few common mistakes made when having a pool installed in the backyard, all of which have to do with the safety of everyone who lives in or visits the property. The most obvious safety feature of any pool is the fence that surrounds it. Any barrier used around a pool needs to be at least 1200mm high, and the spacing between the ground and the bottom of the fence should be no more than 100mm. The reasons here are obvious, and that the safety barrier should be high enough to make it tough for kids to get over or under, and the spacing between the bars should also be close enough together so that no-one can squeeze through.
The barrier serves as a great protection, but it is really only as good as the gate that comes with it. If the gate is always lying open, all the other safety features essentially go out the window. Gates are not allowed to open inwards towards the pool, and they must always have a self-closing and self-latching feature. You could be looking at a very hefty fine if the gate that is used to access your pool is not in compliance with these regulations.
One regulation that many people may not be aware of is that you cannot have an exit from your building that leads directly to the pool. Sure, the idea of running from your living room, right out the backdoor and into your pool may seem like fun, but it is in fact considered to be very dangerous indeed. Even windows in your property that overlook the pool either need to have screen or be treated so that they cannot open wider than 100mm.
We are really just scratching the surface of the rules and regulations that pool owners need to follow, which is why it is important that you seek the help of a respected professional pool builder (read our testimonials) when getting a new pool installed. If you are concerned that your existing pool may be in violation of the rules, you again need to seek the advice of a pro to help get it up to code.