Jump to content

Fencing rules for above ground pools


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:29 AM

The question is in relation to a neighbours above ground pool.  They don't have a pool fence, but the pool is not on top of the boundary fence (6ft thereabouts), it is a good distance from it (not great with estimating measurments?!).  Just wondering if they are required to have a pool fence?

Thanks

#2 ~Nic~

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

I thought any pool deeper than 30cm needs to be fenced...

#3 fooiesmum

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:41 AM

Depends on the state for the legalities you're in but my fist answer is yes they need a fence.

#4 Dionysus

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

I believe there is something about climbable sides/presence of ladders/presence of other climbable objects. If none if that is a problem, provided the sides of the pool are high enough, they can act as their own fence.

It would be a rare situation, though, where there was no ladder or handy chair around

I came across this in my research for fencing requirements if a blow up pool. Will see if I can find a link

#5 Smoo

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:58 AM

It depends on which state you're in, in nsw you're still required to have a full pool fence http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/Consumer...quirements.html

Some other states it's ok if the entry ladder is fenced

#6 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:59 AM

Sorry, NSW.  Yep they have a ladder.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 28 December 2012 - 08:02 AM.


#7 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

Can I also please add onto the OP and ask whether a spa needs to be fenced? I'm in QLD and not my spa my in laws but the refuse to fence it.

#8 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for the replies.  I don't want to get on the bad side of neighbours, we have only ever said hi to them over fence as they are at back of us.  But I need to ensure the safety of not only our child but others who come here, as well as those who visit their home.

I will phone council and go from there.

#9 baddmammajamma

Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

Hi Jane:

If you click on the link that Smoo provided for NSW, you will see that the rules vary depending on when the pool was built.

Pool fencing laws

The requirements for child-resistant barriers vary depending on when the pool was built and where the pool is located.

For pools built before 1 August 1990

Access to the pool from the house must be restricted at all times. Windows and doors may form part of the barrier, but they must be compliant.

For pools built after 1 August 1990 but before 1 July 2010

The pool must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house. Some exemptions apply to pools on very small properties (less than 230 square metres), large properties (2 hectares or over) and those on waterfront properties.

For pools built after 1 July 2010

All new pools must be surrounded by a fence that separates the pool from the house.


To anyone with questions: PLEASE reach out to Kat Plint (hannabug on EB), who leads Hannah's Foundation, with specific questions, as she is a recognized expert in water safety & drowning prevention. She can give you expert advice with regards to what steps to take when you have concerns that a neighbour or relative is not being compliant with fencing/safety laws. She is in QLD, but she is an expert across all states and territories in Australia.

http://www.hannahsfoundation.org/

https://www.facebook.com/HannahsFoundation

#10 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

Council were very good about it and are going to look in to it.
They have my details so will keep me updated.
I feel bad like a nosey neighbour but wouldn't forgive myself if something happened.

I had to give a better description to council.  The ladder, which is massive was on it's side on the ground.  The pool is large, would easily fit several adults and children.  There is a bricked bbq against another neighbours fence that could give access to pool too.  The pool is also close to their back pergola roof.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 28 December 2012 - 09:25 AM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

What you need to know about ovulation tests

Most people who are trying to get pregnant know that the best time to conceive is in the few days after ovulation.

Surviving a miscarriage at sea

A cruise with your family is among the most absurd settings for a miscarriage, but it is certainly not the worst.

Mum of three denied tubal ligation because she's 'too young'

A 22-year-old woman who is pregnant with her third child has had her requests for a tubal ligation denied because doctors believe she is too young.

Slapped cheek syndrome a danger for pregnant women

When a pregnant woman is infected, the likelihood that her foetus will be infected is about 50 per cent.

The signs and symptoms of ovulation

If you're hoping to conceive, one of the most important things you need to know about is ovulation.

We all know 'mum guilt' - but what about 'dad guilt'?

I remember the first time I felt mum guilt, within days of having my first child. The feeling was so intense I rang my own mum to debrief, hoping she'd tell me I wouldn't feel this way very often.

Kristen Bell urges mums to be their own superhero

When it comes to motherhood, actress Kristen Bell is her own superhero and she thinks other mums should be too.

Pram review: GB Pockit travel stroller

In a world of ever-shrinking gadgets, it's no surprise prams are getting smaller. We put the record-holding GB Pockit through its paces.

The beautiful Bombol Bouncer is back

The gorgeous Bombol Bouncer is back - and boasts two chic new colours to boot.

Gadgets and accessories for wine lovers

Looking for a gift for the wine lover in your life - or just something for yourself?

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

The adventure doesn't have to stop: here's how to travel with baby

The best part about our outdoor adventures? It makes my husband and I better parents, since we're happier while adventuring.

Woman crashes car to save mum and baby's life

A good samaritan saved a mother and baby from being seriously injured by crashing her own car into theirs.

Should you tell your boss about your postnatal depression?

Returning to work after having a baby can be daunting, and when you're experiencing postnatal depression or anxiety it can seem even more overwhelming.

TV noise can slow toddler word learning, study finds

Background noise from the radio or TV might be making it harder for your toddler to learn learn new words.

Teresa Palmer on her molar pregnancy and 'unsexy' conception

Teresa Palmer is basking in pregnancy glow as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show - Sydney

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores, will be held in Sydney on 23-25 September. Register for your free ticket now to save $20!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.