Pools And The Law  

by Pool Builders on 09-03-2011 in Articles

Summers coming, now is the time to make sure that your pool is crystal clean. It is also time to make sure it meets with the laws governing pools. Safety fencing with a self closing gate, non slippery tiles round the pool and most important a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign within plain sight in the pool area. Summer is a time for family and friends to get together for a party and swimming. With this in mind, safety is a big concern for most people. Hiring a qualified tradesman to make sure your pool is up to code is a really smart move.

We also need to ensure that the pool is a safe place for children to be in, as they often spend more time in pools than adults do. With the new fencing laws that have come into place and the 5 year compliance to be adhered to, you will need to find qualified contractors to help you make sure that your pool is up to code. Searching on the Internet for pools is a great way to find a qualified tradesperson.

Here is a basic guide to the laws governing pool owners:

As of October 1st, 2003 - There must be a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) sign displayed in plain sight in or near the pool area.

To avoid accidents and potentially serious injuries, when a pool is under construction, a sign must be displayed stating this fact.

The main laws governing pools are those of fencing. An appropriate fence must be installed and maintained at all times.

The only time there is any exceptions to these laws are when there is an occupant with a disability which prevents them from entering the pool.

Also if you purchase a home with a pool already installed, then you must obtain a compliance certificate within 90 days of settlement.

Over the next few years, these laws will be refined. The important thing is for current pool owners to make sure they are in compliance with these laws. Laws are simply made for the reason of saving innocent lives, particularly those of kids who enjoy staying in pools but have not yet learned how to swim. It is for their safety that these laws have been made.

You need to keep your filters serviced to keep the pools sparkling clean. Swimming pool renovations can sneak up on you if you aren't prepared. Pools take a lot of wear and tear although they can be damaged. It's also important to maintain the tiles around your pool; sometimes they can become slimy with moss and can make it dangerous. A lot of products are available in the market to aid in the removal of moss from tiles. Your pool will need to have its PH levels checked and chlorine needs to be added in the right quantities. A great way to help maintain your pools cleanliness and water levels is to use a pool blankets. There are also a great range of fantastic, fun pool games and flotation devices available.

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