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Pool Fencing Regulations

29/08/2020 Around the Pool 0

When thinking about pool fencing it is important to place an emphasis on safety.

In 2019 there were 82 recreational (intending to be in the water) and non-recreational (no intention of being in the water) preventable drowning fatalities base on Water Safety New Zealandhttps://drowningreport19.watersafety.org.nz/. A few steps can take 

  • Maintain pool fencing
  • Active adult supervision when children are in, on, or around water
  • Restrict access to water by correctly installing pool fencing

The scope of this article is to provide you with general information to help you understand fencing regulations. It is not possible to cover every permutation of pool fence layout and design, therefore we offer an abbreviated guide to show you key aspects of the regulations.

It can be difficult and confusing to understand all the rules, and ultimately you will require a qualified certifier to ensure compliance. But remember that the goal is to save lives.

Fence Height and Footholds

A pool fence must be 1200mm in height. Measurements are taken from any point deemed ground level.

Watch out for rocks, broad window sills and other surfaces that are easily stood upon, as these items will reduce the minimum effective height of your fence.

A foothold can be anything – such as a tap, tree branch, pot plant or fence rail – that a child can use to gain access into the pool area. Footholds must be at least 10mm in width to be a concern.

Measurements are taken in a 1200mm arc from any point along the top of the fence.

There may situations where footholds exist, yet fence positions cannot be altered. In these cases you can make use of solutions including: tap covers, perspex shields and split-rail.

Existing Structures

Most modern yards are restricted of space and a clever design may be needed to fit in both pool and fence. Luckily you can utilise existing structures.

Using your house

You may use walls as part of the fence providing that doors and windows have self-locking or -latching devices.

Wall surfaces should not be climbable.

Using boundary fencing

To minimise materials and save money it is often desirable to utilise the existing boundary fence. If so, the same regulations as above will apply to your neighbour’s fence.

If you cannot ensure this compliance, simply ensure that the fence is 1800mm high and has no footholds on the pool side 1200mm from the top.

Pool Gates

Gates are required to open outwards from the pool.

Gates must close automatically from any position. All GlassFit hinges are adjustable.

Gate latches should be at least 1500mm from the ground. When using glass gates this includes 1200mm(the height of the panel) and 300mm(return on back side of the panel). Ensure the gap on the latch side of the gate is no more than 10mm.

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