How to Prepare for your NSW Swimming Pool Safety Certification
Every state in Australia has stringent swimming pool compliance requirements and NSW is no exception and if you are planning to add a pool to your property, you will need to have the pool area inspected by a state-approved pool certification company. Safety is an obvious priority with a swimming pool and the Swimming Pool Acts of 1992 is very comprehensive and for those who have yet to apply for pool certification, here are a few tips the prepare the pool and surrounding area for an inspection.
Inside the Pool Enclosure
Prior to arranging pool compliance in Castle Hill, the inside of the pool enclosure should be free of any outdoor furniture, including BBQ and any cooking utensils. There must be a CPR sign that is clearly visible from any location within the pool enclosure, which can be acquired from an online supplier; this instructs how to perform CPR on a drowning person. There can be no washing lines inside the pool area; the only items permitted are pool cleaning & filtration equipment, fixed slides and permanent shading structures.
Your pool fencing must be compliant with NSW regulations, with a height specified according to the pool size and the fencing must be in good working order, with no vertical gaps exceeding 100mm (no horizontal gaps). Most people choose glass pool fencing as it enables you to see into the pool area, which is an added level of safety; a Google search will put you in touch with a local pool barrier contractor, who would show you a few designs.
The gate must be outward opening and have a self-closing mechanism that effectively closes the gate from any position – under no circumstances can the door be propped open – with the latch at least 1500mm from the ground. Hinges must be capped to prevent them being used as a climbing aid, this is something the fencing contractor would understand and would design a gate that is fully compliant.
Area Surrounding the Pool Enclosure
The pool inspector will walk around the outside of the pool fencing, looking for any objects within 1500mm of the barrier, which could be used to climb the fence. This includes furniture, trees, rocks, or anything natural, thus ensuring there are no climbing aids, should a child try to climb over the fence.
Once you think the pool is ready for inspection, search online for a state-approved pool certification company and book an inspection and on the morning of the inspection, walk around and check that all is well and you should receive your pool compliance certificate.