Although you are seeing the tail end of summer, the hot weather isn’t going away anytime soon. With so much heat in the air, inflatable and portable pools are a great way to help the whole family keep cool while having a blast. Having a portable pool also means you get to enjoy the sunny outdoors and the garden views, all while staying cool in the water the whole time.
However, unknown to many, installing a portable pool in your home isn’t as simple as setting it up yourself and jumping in. With mandatory safety precautions and portable pool regulations in place, it is the duty of all portable pool owners to ensure that these regulations are complied with.
Do note that portable pool regulations vary from state to state, and it is advised to check with your state which regulations apply.
Portable Pool Regulations To Keep In Mind
- In Victoria, a portable pool that holds more than 300mm of water must be surrounded by a compliant safety barrier. This provides adequate safety precautions to avoid any risk of drowning. With over half of toddler drowning incidents that happened in 2014 and 2015 occuring in backyard pools, the need to be vigilant about your portable pool is necessary.
- Portable swimming pools that hold more than 300mm of water are not to be used until a safety barrier is installed and a building surveyor has issued a certificate of final inspection. Climbable objects must not be left around the barrier at any given moment, and adults must maintain strict supervision of children around pools at all times.
- A homeowner must register their portable pool, which costs $79 (includes applicable barrier standard search fee).
- Unlike a permanent pool fixture, a portable pool won’t need you to secure a building permit. However, if the portable pool is deeper than 300mm, you will need to put up safety barriers, the construction of which requires a building permit.
- In NSW, a portable pool with a depth greater than 300mm must have a safety barrier with at least 1200 mm height around it, followed by a gap between the bottom of the barrier and the ground that is no more than 100mm. There also must be a 300mm clearance between the pool area and the barrier.
- A registered building surveyor or inspector must provide a certificate of compliance for the safety barrier every four years.
- Registration is required should the portable pool be up for more than three consecutive days.
Do note that the NSW council does undertake 170 proactive random pool inspections every year, so it’s best to not be caught off guard by complying with all the above regulations at all times.
Is A Portable Pool Worth All The Trouble?
If you’re sitting on the fence wondering whether or not you should get a portable pool, plus the safety regulations above are giving you second thoughts, put your doubts to rest.
Portable pools are still highly desirable due to the fact that they require less permits than ground pool installations, above ground pool installations, or spas. They’re also extremely versatile, and a lot more affordable than most other pool options.
For families with kids, a portable pool guarantees plenty of fun for everyone. And, for those who simply love soaking in the sun, there’s no better way to do it than in the comfort of your home–this is what a portable pool allows you to do. Sure, there are regulations that you will have to follow, but so long as you remember that these regulations are in place for good reason (and for the safety of your loved ones), you’ll be more at ease when having to take the necessary steps to comply with them.