Pools can present a significant danger if left unattended, especially to young children and small animals. The best way to avoid an accident is to limit access to the pool when unattended, and that is where pool fencing comes in. Quality fencing also acts as an additional barrier against slipping and falling.
Australian states and territories differ in their regulations and rules around pool fencing but the Australian Standard AS1926.1-2012 is effective in many Australian states. It covers key aspects of the swimming pool fencing; the fence itself, any gates or windows, and how a non-climbable zone should be defined.
A non-climbable zone should be defined around the pool fencing to prevent animals and young children from easily climbing over the pool fencing. The non-climbable zone should be measured in an arc shape from the fencing and should cover 900mm minimum. The non-climbable zone should not contain any items which can be used as hands or footholds to climb the fence. Finally, there should be at least 300mm between the fencing and the pool on the poolside, and clear warning signage (i.e. CPR signage) should be posted.
A certificate of compliance is issued by either a council inspector or private certifier to prove that the pool fencing and safety have been examined and found to be up to standards. If any issues are found with your swimming pool, then the inspector, either council or private, will issue advice on what the issues are so that you know the relevant steps that must be taken to bring the pool up to code. You should also make sure to get this advice in writing, rather than relying on verbal advice from the inspector as it will allow you to better communicate what needs to be done with the pool builder.
You can always check the status of a pool’s certificate of compliance on the Government swimming pool register website.
In the event of an accident, CPR can help in the crucial minutes before medical help arrives. Placing CPR signage in a prominent area near the pool (easily readable from 3m away) can serve as a vital reminder on both what should be done and how. Good and compliant signage should remind people of the DRSABCD system:
Danger? – Check for danger to yourself, the patient, and bystanders.
Response? – Check the patient for response by talking (i.e. ask name) and touching (i.e. squeezing shoulders).
Send for help – if unresponsive send for help by calling triple zero (000). Stay with the patient until qualified personnel arrives.
Airway – open the airway and ensure it is clear. If not, roll the patient onto their side and clear the airway.
Breathing – Check for breathing (look, listen and feel). If the patient is not breathing normally then start CPR.
CPR – Start CPR (30 chest compressions: 2 rescue breaths) and continue until help arrives or the patient recovers.
Defibrillator – Apply if available and follow prompts.
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