With the Christmas holidays approaching fast, you’re probably looking forward to spending some time in the pool, or relaxing on a nearby deckchair. It’s likely your pool has had less, or even no use throughout the cooler months, so now is an ideal time to ensure that it is safe for all users.

If you have a pool at home, you’ll probably become the most popular person in your group of friends. If your fitness club or hotel provides a pool it will no doubt receive heavy usage. For both public and private pools, it is important to protect yourself from liability for illness, injury or death.

Adequate Fencing

Pools and spas must have adequate fencing to prevent children under the age of five from gaining access without parental supervision. Check that your fencing is structurally sound and is not rusting, bent out of shape or has loose, nuts, bolts or footings. Fencing must have self-latching/self-closing gates, this can be tested by opening the gate and letting go – it should swing shut and self-latch without assistance.

Ensure no items have been moved nearby during winter that could be used to assist in climbing over the fence, such as barbeques, furniture or building materials.

Each state and territory has their own set of pool fence regulations, with most requiring maintenance and construction to be conducted by licensed experts with building permits, see regulations for VIC, NSW, QLD and SA.

Water Testing

Ideally a pool should be tested at least once a week, but if you don’t use it throughout the cooler months, this frequency is unlikely to have occurred. Pool water can be tested using liquid testing kits, strips, and collecting samples for a professional to inspect. Because of the ease of use, test strips a popular choice and more likely to result in regular testing.

Make sure you test chlorine, pH and alkalinity levels at least once a week, and test salt levels, calcium hardness, and dissolved solids monthly. Every three months conduct a test for metals such as iron, manganese and copper.

Also conduct testing after periods of extreme heat and excessive rain as this will affect the chemicals and pH levels.

Slipperiness

Slippage is most likely to occur when there is a sudden change in surface conditions, causing your feet to become less secure, forcing your body to quickly try and regain balance. This is dangerous in pool areas as the surrounding surface usually comprises hard surfaces which can lead to head injuries.

Surface conditions can easily change when water is splashed onto the surrounding concrete, tiles or pavers. Water makes even the newest surfaces slippery, but worn surfaces have less coefficient of friction.

Anti-slip coatings increase friction under your feet, making these areas safer for your family and friends. These coatings provide an extra level of safety for publically accessible pools, where owners are under constant pressure to keep surrounding areas safe and avoid costly legal disputes.

The Graffiti Eaters help home and business owners to keep their pool areas safe and reduce their liability with anti-slip coatings. Our service to you includes:

An inspection of your property by our technicians to determine the best type of anti-slip coating for your particular surface
You are provided with a written quotation covering the cleaning and coating processes
Before the coating is performed, we undertake a surface restoration process to remove common stains such as dirt, moss and salt deposits
Once the surface has been restored, we apply the anti-slip coating

Request a quote or contact us to find out more!