Swimming Pool Safety

If you are considering buying, selling or renting a property with a pool, take the time to check that the pool complies with the regulations and then you can enjoy the benefits that a pool at home can offer!

Swimming pools are a popular addition to many homes and can be an attractive selling point for your property. However, owning a property with a swimming pool means there are certain legislative requirements you must adhere to in the interests of safety.

The Swimming Pools (Safety) Act 1972 requires all swimming pools to be fenced off with either a fence, wall or building. The pool enclosure structure must comply with the following conditions:

  • Be a minimum height of 1.2 metres
  • Prevent a small child from passing beneath or through it to gain access to the pool
  • Not provide foot or hand holds that a small child could climb to gain access
  • Any gate or door must be fitted with a latch or mechanism that prevents a small child opening it when closed

Pools built after 1 July 1993 must also comply with the Development Act 1993, which requires all pools built after that date to have a continuous safety barrier which is maintained by the pool owner and which restricts access by young children to the pool and the immediate surrounds. Any home owner or occupier with a pool must comply with these requirements by law. Failure to do so can result in a fine.

It is also important for landlords who own properties with swimming pools to regularly check that their safety measures meet the legislative standards.

The Act defines the term ‘swimming pool' as ‘any excavation or structure capable of being filled with water and used for the purposes of swimming, including anything being used as a paddling pool'. So even inflatable paddling pools should be restricted by a fence - a child can drown in just 2 inches of water.

So if you are considering buying, selling or renting a property with a pool, take the time to check that the pool complies with the regulations and then you can enjoy the benefits that a pool at home can offer!

Back