When it's hot, there can be nothing better than taking a dip in a pool - especially if the pool is in your own backyard. These days, installing a temporary inflatable pool can be an appealing option.
Legally, and for very good reason, there are regulations to be aware of before you "dive in" to an inflatable pool solution.
Swimming pools in a rental home - safety first
While it may seem like a case of the fun police cracking down on summer fun, even small inflatable swimming pools can be a serious risk:
Given that drowning is a leading cause of preventable death in children under 5 years old, in 2012 the Swimming Pools Act 1992 was amended to improve child safety around swimming pools in NSW. These regulations extend to temporary, portable and inflatable pools.
Know the law when using an inflatable pool at your rental property
NSW Fair Trading has very clear information on the regulations relating to swimming pools. The following is most relevant to tenants who are renting and wish to inflate a temporary or portable pool. Of special note, inflatable pools 300mm or more in height must adhere to pool fencing laws.
Small inflatable pools under 300mm in height
Inflatable pools under 300mm in height should carry the following warning labels:
Large inflatable pools 300mm or more in height
Inflatable pools 300mm or more in height should carry the following warning labels:
A handy pool inspection self-assessment checklist for portable or inflatable pools can be found on the NSW Government Swimming Pool Register site.
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