For any DIY project, you always should ensure that you begin with a strategy. For a pool fence here on the Gold Coast you really have to ensure that you measure your backyard, the size of your pool, and properly follow the distances that are required in the local pool fencing regulations. You also ought to be sure that you are avoiding any potential climb point areas.
Pool Fencing Regulations and Climb Points
Climb points are one of the major problems that DIY ventures face with fence certification– you might have installed the fence yourself, but if you place it too close to certain objects then you may create a hazard and will have to start all over again. To make it less complicated for you, here are some fundamental points that the current Queensland regulations tackle for pool fence compliance:
- The fence needs to be at the very least 1200mm from the ground to the top.
- There should be no gap greater than 100mm
- If your fence is less than 1800mm tall 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 space, it can reduce the ‘effective’ height of the pool fence.
- Say, if you have a pool fence 1200mm high, but a table in the space 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 can not have any door from the interior of a home open directly into the pool area.
- Windows also should not 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 preparing your pool fence. While it may seem challenging, it is all about safety, and that is something that any good fence installation service will also be taking note of 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 quite a bit more costly to need to pay a fine and redo it all again properly.
If you have any questions about these regulations, how to install fences, or are looking for DIY materials then feel free to call us on 1300 937 902 for a free estimate.