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CPR Sign Changes

A common non-compliance issue for a pool barrier is the state and content of the CPR sign. Since August 30th, 2018, the contents of the CPR sign have changed slightly.

Below are the new must haves on a compliant CPR sign in NSW:
- Young children should be actively supervised when using this swimming pool
- Pool gates must be closed at all times
- Keep articles, objects and structures clear of the pool fence at all times

The above can be in upper- or lower-case writing.

A compliant CPR sign has Basic life support instructions listed as DRSABCD with relevant explanations. It must also have the date of printing.

A compliant CPR sign must be in good condition, it must be clearly visible from 3m and within the vicinity of the pool.

Non-Climbing Zones

There are 5 climbing zones around a pool barrier. 4 zones for an internal barrier and 1 where the boundary barrier is used as part of the pool barrier. A common question from property owners asked of pool barrier inspectors is, ‘What makes something non-climbable in a NCZ (non-climbing zone)?’

There is no black and white to this question so we have go back to why we have pool barrier safety laws. These laws have been made with children up to 5 year old in mind. While we as adults can generally look at something and determine whether something can be climbed due to its strength or look, can children up to 5 years of age?

With this question in mind, your pool barrier inspector will assess the strength and flexibility of anything that could be climbed in any of the 5 non-climbing zones. We will look at the item in the NCZ and ask, does it look climbable and could it hold the weight of a child up to 5 years of age?