For pool barriers required to be assessed against AS1926.1-1993 (including amendment 1), where there is direct access to the pool area from a building, there are a number of requirements for the door-set to comply with.
Among a number of requirements, the Standard requires:
- The door must be self-latching upon closing the door and prevent the door from reopening without manually releasing the latch;
- The door must be self-closing returning the door to the closed position (and operate the latch) from any position with a stationary star without the application of manual force. This must apply when the door is fully open and also resting on the latch; and
- The latch release must be at least 1,500mm above the floor on the internal (approach) side of the door.
During a recent pool barrier inspection on the Surf Coast, the homeowner installed a self-closing device to ensure that the above requirements were met. The devise (pictured) was purchased online from Amazon, and was inexpensive and easy to fit.