In New South Wales, we are fortunate to have sunny weather for the majority of the year. This makes swimming pools a valuable investment. With a growing population living in strata communities, the allure of a pool within the scheme can be highly appealing. However, with the high density of people living in strata, potential risks associated with pool safety are prominent. Below we have shared some pool safety tips and New South Wales pool regulations. New South Wales Pool Compliance In a strata or community scheme, all of the lot owners jointly own any swimming pool or spa pool that is on common property. The owners corporation is responsible for ensuring such pools are compliant with the Swimming Pools Act 1992. Fencing The regulations below must be met at all times:
- Ensure that pools are surrounded with a child-resistant safety barrier that separates the swimming pool(s) from any residential building and any place adjoining the property.
- Keep the doors and gates closed that provide access to the swimming pool.
- Ensure fences surrounding pools are designed, constructed, installed and maintained to comply with the relevant Australian Standards.
In addition to the above, below are a few items to stay on the lookout for around your pool:
- That the gate is self-closing and latches automatically;
- That there is clear CPR signage on display;
- That there is no damage to the fence or barriers surrounding the pool; and
- That young children are supervised at all times.
- Always supervise children in or around pools or spas.
- Ensure your pool is fenced (and complies with pool safety standards).
- Ensure your pool gate opens away from the pool area.
- Ensure gardens are maintained around the pool to make sure children cannot climb into the pool area.