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Pool safety: There are many rules and regulations regarding pools within your property, that help to protect you and your family. Photo: Shutterstock.
Pool safety: There are many rules and regulations regarding pools within your property, that help to protect you and your family. Photo: Shutterstock.

While an increasing number of home owners are turning to pools to help revamp the exterior of properties, and add value to their home, many are not across all the rules and regulations they need to follow, especially regarding fencing. The current Australian Standard AS1926-2012 is in place as the standard for most of Australia, including NSW. This deals with fencing materials, heights, gates and exclusion zones.

As per Australian standards pool fences need to be at least 1200mm in height the while way around, while any vertical gaps in the fence must not be more than 100mm, and any gaps at the bottom of the fence again cannot be more than 100mm.

While most people adhere to these regulations, especially when using pre-fabricated fencing, one section that is often missed is the Non Climable Zone (NCZ). Regulations state that a fence must have a NCZ of 900mm on the outside of the pool fence all the way around. Plants such as trees or hedges along with other objects including barbecues, pot plants, toys, ladders and chairs should not be within the NCZ. 

Another important section focuses on pool gate requirements such as gates are only allowed to swing outwards (away from the pool). All gates must be fitted with a Self-Closing Device that will close the gate without manual assistance, while also having a Latching Device fitted that will automatically lock the gate and prevent it from being reopened without manual release.