The Barrier

Fenced spa pool

Practical Pool Barrier Compliance

  • The barrier should be a minimum of 1.2 metres high
  • All the materials used must be sturdy
  • The barrier must be built in such a way that a child aged five or under will not be able to climb over, squeeze through or crawl under it from the outside
  • The barrier can be of vertical pales, posts or panels which must be no more than 100 mm apart
  • Any bracing, supports, wires, rails or rods which are not vertical must be positioned in such a way as to make them inaccessible for climbing from the outside.
Barriers with Horizontal Structures

In the event that a barrier has horizontal structures, such as bars, rods, wires or bracing, which are accessible from outside, they must be at least 900 mm apart and there must be no other support or structure (apart from a vertical rail) between them which might make climbing possible for a young child.

Using netting, mesh or perforated material in barrier construction

When using netting, mesh or similar perforated material, e.g. trellis, the openings must not be larger than 50 mm and the height should be 1.8 m.

  • Trellis used for 1.2 m high barriers should have openings no greater than 10 mm
  • Netting, mesh or other perforated, non-rigid fencing must be fitted to a solid support structure or frame, attached at the top and bottom and constructed in such a way that a child aged five or under would not be able to climb over, crawl under, bend or break it down.