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Rules, Laws & Regulations

What is OUR Protect A Child pool fencing rule?

In our experience, it is best to isolate the swimming pool completely with the shortest distance of fencing possible AND the minimum flow of human or animal movement through the pool fence. An “L shaped” or “U shaped” fence may secure the pool area if a boundary wall is close to the pool. Never have a washing line inside the pool area. Try to maximize the garden space outside the fenced area and allow people and pets to flow around the house without going through 2 pool fence gates.

Your local installing agent will help to plan your most suitable pool fence layout. We can do this digitally with your and Google’s help. Please share a video of your pool area AND your street address.

Who is responsible for the protection of young children from the hazards of private pools?

All 3 of the parties below are individually responsible for swimming pool safety:

1. The pool owner.
2. The occupier of the residence.
3. The manufacturer or supplier of the pool safety solution.

Tenants are advised to discuss “who pays for what” swimming pool safety solution with the landlord or the property agent before signing the lease agreement.

What are the laws about pool fencing?

Whilst the South African building regulations state that property owners must control access to their swimming pools, it is ultimately your local authority that decides your pool fencing laws. The links below may be helpful in learning more about pool fencing laws and regulations.


Public Safety – SANS10400-Building Regulations South Africa

What safety requirements must my swimming pool comply with? – Coetzee Attorneys (