Danger – Swimming pool under construction

Will your child and your neighbours’ children be safe while your pool is under construction?

Some types of pools need to be filled with water by the pool builder as part of the construction process. They can also be filled by other means including rain and reticulation. Statistics show that this poses a drowning risk for young children who may access the pool area unsupervised.

Important: The builder is required under occupational safety and health laws to ensure that a suitable barrier is in place while the pool is under construction in order to manage a range of site hazards.

Each owner and occupier is required under building laws to ensure that a compliant pool safety barrier is in place if the pool contains water that is more than 30cm deep.

Speak to your pool builder about how the pool area will be child safe during construction.

Building and Energy
Fact sheet
Last updated 21 Dec 2018

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