Published 27 November 2006
Standards NZ issued its new standard on safety barriers & fences around swimming pools, spas & hot tubs on Friday, NZS 8500:2006.
Standards NZ said the new pool barrier standard “assists people to avoid a swimming pool-related drowning by presenting various options designed to deny, delay or detect unsupervised entry to the swimming-pool area. Options for the location of effective safety barriers that will restrict the access of young children to swimming pools are provided, and requirements for the design, construction & performance of fences, gates, retaining walls & door sets intended to form a barrier to restrict access of young children to swimming pools are specified.
“This standard is intended to become a compliance document under the Building Code for new pools and to be used by territorial authorities in developing safe solutions for existing pools.”
Website: Standards NZ
Attribution: Standards NZ release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.