The Importance of Quality Pool Fencing in Australia

Posted on August 4, 2016

The addition of a pool to your home provides year-round fun in our beautiful Australian climate. If you are a pool owner however, there is a responsibility that you will ensure protection for others from the dangers that pools present. We recently reported on the consequences of defective or non-existent pool fencing and the dire effect it can lead to, especially for young children. Sentrel strongly advocate that the most important safety solution to your new pool area, is the fence that encloses it.
 

Australia cracked down on pool fencing laws in the last few years and have strict regulations that must be followed by anyone who has a pool on their land. With the high risk that a large body of water presents to children, it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure safety is maintained. Aside from the issue of safety, not complying with the government regulations could lead to hefty fines for pool owners if audited. There are also issues with breaching insurance policies, that could lead to serious consequences if any injuries or fatalities were to occur on the property.

 

Why quality is important

Unfortunately, faulty tradesmen have been known to use inferior materials to cut costs. This is why it is imperative to ensure that the product used for your pool fencing is not only of high quality, it must also meet the law requirements as it stands. Alteration should not be required in order to comply. If you are installing the fence yourself, ensure you understand all the legal requirements so that everything complies with the regulations. Ordering from a reputable supplier is also important, to ensure the pool fence itself complies. This guarantees that you aren’t wasting money in the long run. We have outlined the steps of installing a Sentrel pool fence yourself in this handy how-to video guide.

 

Maintenance is key

Aside from having a non-compliant fence, another common issue is when pool fencing has not been adequately maintained. This leads to the fencing being defective, and thus rendering it useless. Whether a pool fence is constructed of wire, glass, wood or another material may alter the type of maintenance that is required. It is recommended that you contact your supplier for up-to-date information on how to best maintain your product. Regardless of the material you choose, pool fences must be durable, and damage that occurs should be repaired or replaced immediately.

 

Insurance liability

Many people aren’t aware that negating government legislation can breach your home insurance terms and conditions. Most home insurance automatically includes liability insurance, meaning you are protected if someone is injured on your property and sues you. However, if your property breaches pool fencing legislation this can then void your insurance, leaving you exposed to potential legal costs. Ensuring your pool complies with the ever-changing fencing legislations will save you unnecessary concern from unexpected events.

 

As the only compliant cable pool fence on the market, Sentrel pool fencing has been designed with all of the above risks in mind, so Aussie pool owners can enjoy their pool worry-free. For more information on how our pool fences comply, call us on 1300 658 330, email us at jen@sentrel.com.au or complete our online enquiry form.

 

 

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