Why is pool safety and compliance important?

Pool and spa safety and compliance is the most important thing for us to consider at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney (PoolSSS).

According to the New South Wales Child Death Review, 70 children had lost their lives in private swimming pools between the 10 years to 2015.

Drowning is also a major cause of death in children under the age of five in NSW.

Each year on average, 10 children under five drown in backyard pools in this state, and for every death, there are at least 10 near drownings.

The worst thing about such a tragedy?

Almost all the swimming pools eligible for exemption from pool barrier requirements were fenced, however were mostly non-compliant.

That’s why pool safety and certification is so important to us here at PoolSSS.

We know our swimming pools and spas, and we also love how something as exciting as buying, selling, or leasing your home can be.

So what is PoolSSS doing to prevent more unnecessary drownings?

When something as preventable as a faulty, or broken gate latch, is the most common barrier defect for a young child to access a swimming area unsupervised, we believe all homeowners deserve the right to a FREE initial pool safety inspection.

Prevention is the best solution; get your Certificate of Compliance today!

Just remember you never plan to have an accident but unfortunately they can happen at anytime so always remember to keep young children supervised, ensure your pool or spa is registered and completely compliant with the most current safety laws and regulations.

The bottom line is, pools and spas are great fun and an awesome way to chill out with friends and family. Let’s all make sure we can enjoy one of summer’s greatest joys in a safe way.

You can find out more about the relevant legislation and regulations at the NSW Fair Trading website or feel free to see some other questions from our community in our FAQs.

What are the Main Reasons for a Pool Failing a Compliance Inspection?

Pool safety inspections aren’t as complicated as you think, and there are many things you can do to ensure you stay within legislation.

So what are the main reasons for a pool failing a compliance inspection?

We’ll discuss what we’ve noticed are the six main reasons why a pool might fail a compliance inspection in NSW.

Before we begin however, we need to truly appreciate the nature of a child’s curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.’

Sometimes when it comes to pool safety, that amazing childish curiosity can land them into some pretty dangerous situations.

So let’s take a look at these six main issues.

At Pool Safety Solutions Sydney, we are visiting local swimming pools and spas in the area and are happy to share with you, six of the most common issues we encounter when dealing with pool fence compliancy:

  1. Gate hinges and/or latches are faulty or do not comply
  2. Climbable objects are too close to a pool fence (for example trees, plant pots, BBQs and clothes lines)
  3. Fence height is less than 1200mm
  4. Distance between the vertical elements of a fence is greater than 100mm
  5. Distance below the bottom of the fence is greater than 100mm
  6. Current pool resuscitation sign is non-existent or not in correct location

Please feel free to have a browse over our blog articles, where we share community based and valuable information for things like pool maintenance, handy DIYs and other relevant insight. As always, we appreciate your feedback.

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Definition of a Swimming Pool in NSW

Here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney we love barbecues, 40-degree summer heat and swimming pools, all the good things that make summer fun.

Sometimes we need to put our party hats down for a moment and pull out our learning hats, so we can all stay educated on pool safety.

So today let’s answer a question for anyone who owns a swimming pool or who is doing research about the legal definition of a pool in NSW.

So what actually makes a swimming pool, a swimming pool in NSW?

Also what separates a swimming pool from a spa bath?

Let’s take a look at what defines a swimming pool.

In NSW the Swimming Pools Act describes a swimming pool as an excavation, structure, or vessel:

  • that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of greater than 300 millimetres
  • that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured, or adapted to be solely or principally used for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity

A spa pool is classified as a swimming pool by the Act. The definition of a spa includes any excavation, structure, or vessel in the nature of a spa pool, flotation tank, tub or the like, but not a spa bath.

So can we get a breakdown in layman’s terms?

A swimming pool means an excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300mm.

A body of water that is solely or principally used or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used for the purpose of swimming, wading or any other human aquatic activity and includes a spa pool.

This does not include a spa bath, anything that is situated in a bathroom or anything declared by the regulations not to be a swimming pool for the purpose of the Act.

Have some more questions? Check out our FAQs or reach out to get book your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION

What are the Main Reasons for a Child Drowning in NSW?

With something as terrible, and oftentimes preventable, as child drownings in this article we’ll take a look at the main contributing factors in NSW child drownings.

In order to progress and prevent any further needless loss of life, the family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney have a strong belief in learning from past errors and implementing preventative strategies.

So what are the main causes of child drowning?

Lack of adult supervision

Most children were reportedly unsupervised for 10 minutes or less when disaster struck.

In only moments, a family could be torn apart which is why the absolute, most effective and possibly the only guaranteed way to ensure a child’s safety is through constant adult supervision.

Remember, NEVER let young children play near or in a pool or spa unless supervised.

Defective pool barriers

Defective gates and barriers are another big killer.

The curiosity of a child will trump most obstacles in their path, and more often than not we want to nurture and encourage its development.

However as the age old saying goes ‘curiosity killed the cat’, we could say about defective pool barriers ‘unsafe pool fences killed the child’.

So lets keep a high maintenance standard for all pool fences and barriers, and ensure we keep any unsupervised curious little ones out.

Lack of child resistant pool barriers

In more recent times, swimming pools and pool barriers have become known as going hand in hand.

However, believe it or not, once upon a time local councils or even state governing bodies had such strict pool safety legislation and many pools were built without even simple fencing.

Fortunately the number of openly accessible pools has decreased, especially with legislators improving the laws, regulations and responsibilities of pool owners.

But I have no young children in my family?

We understand not all families or households are the same, however your responsibility to prevent any other neighbouring or local children from hurting themselves in your pool or spa still stands.

We highly recommend that all pool and spa owners to check with the NSW Swimming Pool Register for their some of their handy checklists.

Alternatively check out our FAQs or book your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION 

How Long does a Pool Safety Compliance Certificate Inspection take?

A pool safety certificate of compliance inspection can be done in as quickly as 10 minutes, however depending on your individual pool can take up to as long as 60 minutes.

Our qualified, licensed and insured pool inspectors live, breathe and think pools.

With the amount of local homes pools and spas our team have seen, there isn’t a single pool safety solution they can’t come up with.

So to give you an idea…

Depending on the enclosed pool area and safety issues found, a pool will on average take between 30 and 60 minutes to carry out a pool compliance inspection.

Within 3 days we will email you a detailed report with photographs setting out any rectification work required.

If the pool is registered and no rectification works are required, a report and Certificate of Compliance can be issued within 2 days.

The pool owner does not have to be present at the time of inspection, as long as safe access is arranged beforehand.

The family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney are always happy to help out with any pool certification, safety and compliance. Take advantage of your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION

If you have any queries, join our active community and see some of our other FAQs.

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Do I Need to Register My Pool in NSW?

Having your pool registered in NSW is not only a requirement by law, but also an effective measure of preventing unnecessary child drownings.

As amazing as a swimming pool on a hot summers day can be, it is also one of the most dangerous features in Australian homes and has claimed many lives.

Unfortunately, it is most commonly young children under the age of 5 who most commonly fall victim.

In an effort to combat this tragic trend, state governing bodies such as the NSW Government introduced the Swimming Pool Amendment Act 2012 No 77, and in turn introduced the NSW Swimming Pool Register which made it compulsory to register a pool or spa from November 2013 onwards.

So as a responsible pool owner and member of the community, what steps can I do?

If you’ve recently moved or have decided to take some precautionary steps to securing your pool, the first step would be to check with the NSW Swimming Pools Register to firstly see if you’re pool has been registered.

I’ve checked and my pool is unregistered!

Don’t worry! You can simply follow the NSW Swimming Pools Register self-register link and use the following steps:

  1. Enter your email address in the form below. You will immediately receive an automatically-generated email.
  2. Click on the link in the email to go to the registration page.
  3. Answer the four questions by choosing the answer that best matches your swimming pool.
  4. Depending on the information you enter, the relevant pool safety checklist will be provided.
  5. Inspect your pool using the checklist provided.
  6. Complete the registration form and a registration certificate will be provided to confirm that your pool is now on the NSW Swimming Pool Register.

Now that your pool has been registered, book in your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION to ensure your pool or spa meets current compliance legislation.

Check out some other questions from our community in our FAQs and our Pool Safety Solutions Sydney blog

When is a Certificate of Compliance Required?

From 29 April 2016 all properties in NSW with a swimming pool or spa pool cannot be sold without a valid certificate of compliance or non-compliance or relevant occupation certificate.

These changes apply to you if you are the owner of a property with a swimming pool or spa pool.

In a strata scheme, all the lot owners jointly own any swimming pool or spa pool that is on common property, meaning you will not have to attain it personally.

The Owners Corporation (or body corporate) is responsible for ensuring there is a valid certificate of compliance or a relevant occupation certificate for pools and spas.

If you’re a landlord, this affects you too.

Properties that are to be leased require a valid certificate of compliance or relevant occupation certificate

A swimming pool is defined in the law as an excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth greater than 300mm and is used for swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity.

Generally, this includes, but is not limited to, swimming pools and spa pools.

You will need a valid certificate of compliance to satisfy your legal responsibility when buying, selling or leasing your home.

However most of the time, it is better to ensure that you are up to date with all the relevant legislation in your local council.

With so many unnecessary and often preventable deaths occurring, our imperative has and always will be to eradicate child drownings and improve overall pool safety and education.

The family here at Pool Safety Solutions Sydney are always happy to help out with any pool certification, safety and compliance. Take advantage of your FREE INITIAL POOL SAFETY INSPECTION

If you have any queries, join our active community and see some of our other FAQs.

Alternatively check out our blog here

My question is not here!

Not to worry!

Simply get in contact with us through our Contact Us page, and one of our friendly team will not only point you in the right direction but we can also post your question here on our FAQ page so others might get some helpful insight!

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