As the hot summer months approach, it is tempting to purchase a portable pool to cool off in. But before you do, there is important legislation that you need to be aware of with regards to pool gates and barriers. It is vital to understand that portable pools are treated the same way as other residential pools.
Any portable or inflatable pool that can hold 400mm depth of water or more is required to have a physical barrier that will restrict the entry of children when closed. Other portable pools like paddling pools should be under constant supervision and emptied after use.
The pool safety legislation includes the use of portable pools, and it is unlikely that people purchasing portable pools for the summer will meet all the legislative requirements such as barriers, self-closing gates, the required building consent and landlord consent to name just a few, but it is imperative that they do. If these requirements are not met, even for portable pools, this would be a breach of The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 and increases the risk of drowning for young children.
If you are lucky enough to be renting a home with a ‘non-portable’ swimming pool, then you must let your property manager know immediately if there are any faulty gates or barriers as this is considered an urgent repair due to safety requirements.
A local swimming pool or backyard sprinkler may be a better and more cost-effective option for many. However you choose to cool off this summer, we wish you a fun-filled and safe summer season.
These articles were featured in Renting with Harcourts , Issue 3 2021.