Pool Compliance is a Long-Term Project

They say that a good fence makes good neighbours and this is also true when it comes to pool fences. A strong and well-maintained pool fence is one of the best defences against an accidental drowning.

Pool compliance is more than simply a legal requirement; it is a great safety mechanism as well. The results speak for themselves – drowning deaths in the Under-5 age group have decreased substantially since the legislation came into effect.

Getting a Pool Compliance Certificate is the First Step

You have probably already worked hard to bring your pool up to code or you are in the process of doing so. It is tempting to think that once you have that piece of paper, you no longer need to worry about pool compliance.

Pool compliance is an on-going process; you need to keep the fences and other items in good working order. 

It is a good idea to regularly conduct your own pool fence inspection in order to ensure that your pool’s fence is still as safe as it was. Check for loose wires and boards, amongst others, and make sure that the clasps and hinges are still working as they should.

You will also need to check that the height of the fences above-ground is still correct. Over time, fences can subside or the ground can build up around the fence, meaning that more of the fence becomes buried over time.

Wire fences can also begin to sag with age and this should also be observed. Portions of the fence that are weak or broken should be replaced as quickly as possible for safety reasons.

You should also regularly inspect the garden surrounding the fence for items that could serve as a means to get over the fence. Look for low-hanging branches of trees and common garden refuse.

Another area that we often forget about is the entrance to the pool leading directly from the main house. Make sure that all the security catches are still in good working order and deployed properly on a regular basis.

The big advantage of conducting these inspections regularly is in the increased safety for your family. However, a lesser, but still important advantage, is the financial aspect. We all know the adage, “A stitch in time saves nine”.

The same is true of any maintenance, including that of pool fences – mending small hole in the fence now could save you having to replace the whole fence later.

Proper maintenance also helps to ensure that your property value remains constant – important if you are likely to sell your house in the future.

Proper maintenance makes good sense.