swimming pools fact sheet 2
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Every year, a number of children drown in
backyard swimming pools and many more
suffer brain damage and other serious injuries.
As part of Council’s commitment to community
safety and through its Swimming Pool Safety
Education Program, a series of fact sheets have
been developed which incorporate important
information regarding pool safety and fencing
The Swimming Pools Act 1992, which requires
the provision of safety barriers for swimming
pools, was introduced to improve pool safety for What are some of the things I need to consider
children. However, the provision of pool barriers when dealing with pool chemicals?
and warning notices are only part of this.
In order to maintain your pool at the standard of
The most important aspect is competent cleanliness to prevent infections and disease, you
supervision of young children in and around will need to sanitise the water. In most home pools,
swimming pools. Swimming classes for children this is done using a pump, a series of filters and
and the training of adults in resuscitation chemical treatment of the water. There are a number
techniques are other important aspects of water of simple safety issues you should remember when
safety. using and handling chemicals, including:
A swimming pool may be defined as any • keep pool chemicals away from fertilisers
excavation or structure containing water to a and petroleum products as they may explode
depth greater than 300mm and used primarily
for swimming, wading, paddling or the like, • use only clean, dry and impervious scoops (not
including a bathing or wading pool or spa. wood) when transferring chemicals
In NSW, the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requires • water should not be poured over chemicals, pour
that all swimming pools have an appropriate the chemicals into water
child resistant barrier that restricts access
• are chemicals stored out of reach of children?
between the residence and the swimming
pool. • are chemicals stored in a cool dry area
away from sunlight?
Under this legislation, Council may direct
owners to upgrade a pool fence or child • use protective equipment (gloves and eyewear)
restraint barrier to comply with requirements of when handling pool chemicals and always follow
the Act. Penalties or fines may apply where any manufacturers recommendations.
owner fails to comply with a Swimming Pools
Act direction. • maintain good pool water quality by dosing
responsibly. If your pool fails a water test at any
The Act, Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 stage, DO NOT allow anyone to swim in it until it
and Australian Standard AS 1926 - 2007 is corrected.
Swimming Pool Safety, contains more detailed
technical information and the requirements of
these documents do take precedence over the
information contained within this guide.
What other things must be done for safety?
Other than pool safety fencing and correct chemical
storage and handling, the following is a list of things
that must be done to maintain the pool in a child
safe manner. These are:
(a) the display of an approved resuscitation
(b) all fencing, locks and latches be regularly
maintained and kept in good working order
(c) spa lids being secured when the spa is not
(d) landscaping around the pool fencing be
regularly trimmed to prevent trees, shrubs
and other plants from being used as a
foothold to gain access to the pool
(e) all doors and gates that provide access to
the pool be kept securely latched in a
closed position when the pool is not in use.
Don’t leave any gates or doors
(f) always leave your filter covered so small
children can’t get into it
(g) don’t leave objects near the fence as children
may use them to climb over
(h) a secure pool fence is not substitute for
responsible adult supervision. Children in or
around the water must be watched at
all times. No matter what their swimming
ability, children should always be
(i) it is essential that children are taught to
swim from an early age. NSW Sport and
Recreation conducts learn to swim classes
at most major swimming centres. Please
contact them for further details
(j) training in resuscitation techniques will give
adults the skills required for emergency
(k) exposed electrical leads and connections
should not be located within proximity to any
swimming pool due to risk of electrical
If your pool does not comply with the requirements of the Swimming Pools Act
1992, Council can advise you what steps you need to take in your particular
For a fee, Council can also issue a certificate of compliance if your swimming
pool complies with the requirements of the Act.
For more details on pool safety, see the link to Safewaters on Council’s website
at www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au or call Council’s Planning and Environment
Division on 4645 4608.
Note: The information presented in the fact sheet series is intended to serve as a guide. The
information provided does not exclude the necessity to meet the specific requirements of the
Swimming Pools Act 1992, the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008 or Australian Standard AS
1926 Swimming Pool Safety as these requirements take precedence over information contained
within this guide and should be referenced in conjunction with the fact sheet information.
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