Nelson Leader : September 12th 2013
8 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 NEWS 5574102AB NELSON CITY COUNCIL ADVERTISING FEATURE Other issues to consider Take responsibility Is your pool fence safe? Is there a swimming pool or spa pool where you live? Do you know your obligations under the Fencing of Swimming Pools legislation? This legislation is in place to protect children from drowning. Sadly it seems in Nelson that a large number of pools do not comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987, raising huge safety concerns. However, there are many of the issues that would be very quick and easy to fix in order to meet the requirements. Here are the main problems that have been discovered and how to fix them. Gates that don't self close and latch from 150 mm - Most pool gates have springs or spring loaded hinges but they're not working properly. Just increase the tension on the spring, add some lubricant and it should self close and latch again. Fences with gaps greater than 100 mm - Adding a paling, a covering to a fence (such as shade cloth) or some landscaping rocks may be all that is needed to get rid of those gaps. Trees and shrubs planted close to the pool barrier - If pruning is neglected the branches can become strong enough to climb on. You can't have climbable objects closer than 1.2 metres to the outside of the pool fence so be careful where you plant and make sure you prune regularly. Some other issues crop up regularly too. These are doors from the house that lead directly to the pool area, spa pools without fencing and backflow prevention. 1. Doors on to pool areas must self close and latch (just as gates have to) from 150 mm -- You either need to install self closing and latching devices or if it is impossible or unreasonable to do that, apply for an exemption to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 or install a compliant barrier between the house and pool. Unfenced spa pools - Spa pools are bound by the same legislation as swimming pools and must have compliant fencing or have an exemption to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987. Lack of backflow preventers - When a pool is filled by a tap with a hose attached, that tap must have a backflow preventer fitted to reduce risk of contaminating the water supply in case of a pressure drop. These are readily available from hardware, plumbing and some pool supply stores. Not taking swimming pool fencing seriously can have deadly consequences. Everyone with a pool should know their obligations. You can get the information you need on the Council website, www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz and search on swimming pool consents. Otherwise you can call into the Council office in Trafalgar Street and collect a brochure, then take a walk around your pool area and see what needs attention. If you need help or have questions, please call the Pool Compliance Officer at Nelson City Council on 546 0200. Bank staff swap cash for cutters Community service: Richard Grimes carting out the cutting gear after a hard day's work. In the background are Brendan Stafford and Rick Field. Photo: MEL BROOKS Nelson BNZ workers swap- ped working with money for making war on weeds at the Brook Waimarama Sanctu- ary as part of their national day of community service. The BNZ is a corporate sponsor and banking partner of the nature recovery project that aims to encircle a part of Nelson's upper Brook Valley in a pest-proof fence. The sanctuary's general man- ager Hudson Dodd said BNZ staff had been volunteering at the sanctuary for the past few years, as part of the bank's Closed for Good'' community service initiat- ive.Workers were back at the proj- ect last Wednesday to help with invasive plant control along the proposed fenceline, one of the requirements of the sanctuary's resource consent. Hudson said the sanctuary was pleased to have the corporate sponsorship from the BNZ during the crucial period for the project. The team at BNZ Nelson has shown they're excited about what a fantastic addition to Nelson the Brook Sanctuary already is, and they see the amazing potential for the fully developed attraction,'' Mr Dodd said. They're really getting behind the fence.'' BNZ spokesman Stephen Paul said the bank's decision to increase its involvement with the Brook Sanctuary was ''pretty sim- ple really''. We're looking for a partnership where we can get everyone at the BNZ involved at different levels, whether it be on September 4 where we connect with our customers and local networks to get a large scale of volunteer labour for the weeding day, through to sharing the vision and story of the sanctuary in the wider market,'' he said. For us it is about contributing to something pretty special to enhance our conservation heri- tage.'' Volunteers from the community are always welcome to become involved with weeding and other initiatives at the sanctuary. Find more info at brooksanctuary.org.
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