Each year on average 10 children under 5 years of age drown in backyard swimming pools and many more suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with drowning accidents.
Swimming pools can have a fatal attraction to young children so there are certain mandatory safeguards in place which are required by the Swimming Pool Act.
The safeguards required in urban areas include the following:
The legislation further requires “child safe measures” be applied to windows and doors. These may include
Rural properties in excess of 2 hectares have different requirements. If the pool does not have a safety fence it must have “child safe” measures fitted to all external doors and windows from the house and garage (if attached) to prevent access of a child from the house or buildings to the pool. This recognises that rural properties may have dams or rivers in existence.
For further information view the Balranald Shire Council Pool Inspection Policy.
Depth markers showing the depth of the water is required upon the perimeter of the pool to indicate the variable depth of the swimming pool. This may assist in the prevention of injury from diving into the shallow end of the pool.
Electricity and water do not mix! Be cautious with electricity and electrical appliances in or around the pool. Ensure appliances are appropriately earthed or insulated to prevent electrocution. Underwater lighting, in particular, may be a hazard.
Some pool chemicals are hazardous and should be handled with extreme care. Be safety conscious at all times and remember
Swimming Pool Certificates
Council is required to issue certificates of compliance on swimming pool installations under Section 24 of the Swimming Pool Act.
To apply for a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate please use – Swimming-Pool-Compliance-Application-Form.
Swimming Pools & Spas
Pool fencing laws apply throughout the Balranald Shire. For safety regulations and the standard of safety precautions and what they mean to you as a pool owner, visit www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au