Why do barriers fail?

Pool fences and safety barriers commonly fail because:

  • the gates are not self-closing and self-latching from all points
  • the height of the pool safety barrier is less than 1200 millimetres because ground levels and garden beds have increased or grown over time and have, therefore, reduced the height of the pool barrier
  • the adjoining boundary fences have climbable rails
  • the windows opening into the pool enclosure are able to be opened with more than a 100 millimetre gap
  • there are climbable objects near the pool safety barrier.

Make your pool barrier compliant

There are a number of easy fixes to help ensure your pool safety barrier or fence complies:

  • replace, tighten or adjust the hinges on your gates
  • make sure the pool safety barrier height is 1200 millimetres from bottom to top
  • trim back any vegetation or branches that a child could use to climb over the pool safety barrier
  • shield or remove climbable objects within 900 millimetres of the pool safety barrier
  • install permanently fixed security screens on windows that open into the pool enclosure
  • remove climbable objects from the pool safety barrier and surrounding areas.