Pool glass fencing protects your pool from small visitors while enabling you to see what is going on. The ultimate tragic result of the two coming together is not uncommon worldwide, and it is important that young children should be protected from the potential results of their inquisitive and adventurous nature.
The answer is to provide a barrier between child and pool that can only be removed when responsible people are present to supervise. Pool glass fencing, or glass balustrading as it is correctly known, is one accepted method of achieving that.
Using Glass Balustrading
There are any types of glass balustrade being used for many different reasons, but they all generally have two major objectives: safety and clarity of view.
A pool area, particularly your own pool area in your home, should not be enclosed by solid barriers so that nobody can see what is going on behind these barriers. Mostly everything will be going swimmingly, as they say, but sometimes they will not be. It is that ‘sometimes’ that should concern you.
Your problems do not arise when there are plenty people around, such as when you are having a pool party, or when you kids have lots of friends around having fun in your pool area. Most problems tend to arise when nobody is around except one! Or perhaps even two.
Pool drownings were not uncommon for a long time until the government brought in the New Zealand Fencing of Swimming Pools (FOSP) Act in 1987.
This act puts statutory specifications upon pool fencing with regard to dimensions and entrances. All fences, walls and balustrading protecting pools must be of a certain height, and doors and gates must open outwards from the pool with minimum capacity for children to climb the balustrading or gates.
Pool Glass Fencing and FOSP
Pool glass fencing must meet the standards of FOSP. The glass balustrades provided by Edge Balustrading meet all of these standards. They cannot be easily climbed, and all gates and doors open outwards, with self-closing locks when they are left open. The objectives of any form of pool fencing are to:
• Keep children away from the pool when responsible people are absent.
• Provide doors or gates that can stop children from entering the pool area.
• Prevent children from opening pool doors or gates when a parent is absent.
• Prevent children from climbing over the fencing to reach the pool area.
• Ensure entrances cannot be pushed open by force (they only open outward)
• To save lives!
Since its introduction, the FOSP regulations have led to a 50% reduction in drownings of pre-school children. That is one reason why they are being applied vigorously, and why you should make sure that your outdoor pool meets their standards. Pool glass fencing enables you t meets these standards in more than just one way. Yes, they offer the requisite fencing standards, but they also meet one other criterion. One of these factors is the need for adequate supervision.
Pool Fencing Code of Practice
The Auckland Council “Swimming Pool Fencing – Code of Practice” AC402 states on SECTION F: POOL OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES (page 55) that “It is recommended that visual supervision of the activities in the pool areas from a dwelling or other part of a property should be encouraged. It is the owner’s responsibility that adequate supervision is provided for in all instances.”
A Code of Practice is not a legal requirement, but if an accident occurs that might have been avoided by following the Code of Practice then it is almost certain that you will be regarded as being negligent and hence held legally responsible. It is best to do the right thing and make sure that your pool is adequately fenced off to adventurous or inquisitive children. You must also make sure that you are employing adequate supervision, and a transparent ‘fence’ such as glass balustrading or ‘pool glass fencing’ would help you achieve that. You can watch the kids from your balcony through the glass fencing without having to sit poolside all day long. Is ultimately your responsibility to adhere to the FOSP and to follow the published Code of Practice. Here at Edge Balustrading, we can help you achieve that because all of our glass balustrades or glass pool fencing meets the requirements of these regulations.