Season to play it safe

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

AS the weather warms, Brighton Municipality residents are being urged to check that they have the required safety measures in place around their swimming pools and spas.

Council’s General Manager James Dryburgh said in Tasmania pool and spa barriers were mandatory and have been legislated for pools and spas built since 1994. 

“It is important our community abides by the laws that govern all pools and spas because they are there for the safety of everyone.” 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Firstly, residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier. 

Residents should check to see if they need to instal a pool barrier.

If your swimming pool or spa holds a depth of water of 300mm (30cm) or more and was installed from 1994 onwards, then you must install a pool safety barrier around your pool. A pool or hot tub cover is not regarded as a compliant barrier.

The requirement to install pool safety barriers applies to pools which are In-ground, indoor (excluding bathroom spa-baths), and above-ground, inflatable and relocatable and wading pools holding 300mm (30cm) of water. 

In Tasmania, installation of pool safety barriers must be performed by a licensed builder and

 overseen by a licensed building surveyor. 

Maintaining a pool safety barrier is the owner’s responsibility. Owners should check that gates are self-closing correctly and are not propped open, latches on gates work correctly, and items such as furniture are not placed against the barrier to allow climbing (including on neighbouring properties). 

Owners should also check that landscaping does not allow anyone to climb into the area, that openings in the barrier haven’t increased through ground or barrier movement, and that the barrier remains structurally sound.

Mr Dryburgh said if residents were unsure if their pool safety barrier was compliant, they should contact a building surveyor. 

Even though the legislation applies to pools built after 1994, owners of pools built before 1994 are urged to install and maintain a pool safety barrier to protect themselves and the community. 

For more information on pool safety barrier, requirements go to https://www.cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/products-services/safety/pool-safety-barriers

 

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