When planning a new pool area many people are aware of pool safety certification, for example maintaining minimum pool fence heights to minimise drowning risks. However it is not as commonly known that a pool fence must also meet electrical guidelines.
In instances where your pool fence is within 1.25m of the pool edge your fence must be earthed to prevent the risk of electrocution. Basically if there is an electrical current within the pool water and a person in the water touches a metal fitting then this can cause death or serious injury. This requirement means a earth wire must be run between spigots (underground) and then to an earthing point, usually on the house.
It is a requirement under AS3000 ;2007 that Equipotential Bonding (earth bonding) is required to pool fencing when the fence is within arm’s reach (1.250m) of the pool edge and Zone 1.
- Aluminium fencing must maintain continuity throughout the length of the fence within arm’s reach.
- Glass fencing that has metallic fittings greater than 100mm must also be bonded including metal posts within arm’s reach.
Please ensure that the correct earthing on metal components of your glass or aluminium fencing is done by a qualified electrical contractor.