Windows and Pools
A pool is a fantastic feature that adds entertainment and value to any property. They’re a great way to cool off in the hot Australian summer and an enjoyable part of our lifestyle.
Due to the available space and layout of a property, it is natural that windows may overlook the pool area.
While there are no consistent Australia-wide pool safety standards, the individual states detail regulations for windows and pool areas. These standards can help us determine the most effective way to ensure your family stays safe this pool season.
VIC, SA and TAS (AS 1926-2012)
If a window opens directly into a pool area and the height of the lowest opening window panel sill is less than 1800mm from the ground level, it should be either totally covered by bars or a fixed metal screen with gaps no larger than 100mm. Screens may also be fixed to the building with fasteners that can only be removed by the use of a tool so that it will remain closed or will open to a maximum of 100 mm.
NSW, QLD and WA (AS 1926-2007)
Where the height from the sill of the lowest opening panel of a window to a pool area is less than 900mm the openable portion of the window must be totally covered by bars or a mesh screen that complies with the test for strength and rigidity of fence openings and the strength test for fence component of Clauses 3.1 and 3.3 of AS 1926-2007. The bars or mesh screens should be fixed to the building with fasteners that can only be removed by the use of a tool. Alternatively, windows can be fixed to the building with fasteners that will only open to a maximum of 100mm with tools and comply with the test for strength and rigidity of fencing openings of Clause 3.1.
900mm to 1200mm
The openable portion of the window shall comply with the same conditions above or should be fitted with a securely fixed flyscreen. The flyscreen shall be fixed to the window or building with fasteners that can only be removed by the use of a tool.
1200mm or greater
The window can be treated as normal.
These standards have been established to keep families as safe as possible, so make sure you’re compliant this summer.
Our friendly staff are always happy to help with any questions you have about windows and pools. Contact your nearest showroom for more information.