Pool Fencing Regulations

Owning your own pool is a privilege, especially in the summer, but it also comes with responsibilities.

Many regulations exist regarding pool safety, and a number of these apply to pool fencing. All pool and spas are required to have them, and these can be metal or stylish glass pool fencing, but here are a few of the essential laws that you need to know before enjoying your pool:

  1. Drowning is the most common preventable cause of death for children under five in Australia, A fences pool reduces the risk of drowning to only a quarter.
  1. Any body of water over 300mm in depth is considered to be a pool, and has to be fenced. The gates must be kept in good working order, and not propped open by anything, such as a chair.
  1. Some common issues with pool fencing include doors that do not close by themselves, faulty latches and unstable ground around the fence. Failure to address any of these issues is counted as an offence.
  1. All pools are spas are now required to have four-point fencing; that is, they cannot be backed up against a wall or fence. They must be entirely enclosed within the fence. This is to stop climbable objects being used to enter the pool from the other side.
  1. It is possible and recommended to have an inspection of your pool fencing, to make sure it complies with safety standards and is completely safe. Pool fences in Melbourne are regulated by local councils. Be aware that fines will be imposed if pools are found to be inadequately fenced after they have been used.
  1. Finally, while fences prevent a majority of drowning incidents, they are no substitute for proper supervision. Use fencing as an aid, not a way of preventing accidents completely.

Always keep an eye on little ones when they’re swimming in the pool. Never assume just because they know how to swim that they don’t need supervision.

Choosing your new garden landscaping

Flowers are a great way to really make the outside of your house more inviting. It makes for a nice welcoming when hosting parties, to sit out there and shoot the breeze, do breakfast in the sunshine, or anything you like. First you need to choose the right type of flowers and plants. When it comes to garden plants, there are many broad groups: flowers, climbers, fruiting, and so on.

Their status hippeastrums does not in itself make them unsuitable, in fact, for the purposes for which they were designed, they are suited to most gardens. They only take a little watering and within a short time the flowers should start to open.

Many varieties of hippeastrums are hardy and resistant to weather and temperatures fluctuations which make them especially great for Melbourne. Potatoes aren’t quite as popular but are well worth the time to put in ground. They’re incredibly easy to grow and very nourishing crops. It doesn’t take as much soil as most people may think to plant potatoes. Another added bonus is that you can plant other flowers above the potatoes so long as they are not too thirsty. Roses can be more difficult to grow, but they offer a much better range and depth of colours. They are generally more durable and can bear more punishment depending on how old they are. Their beautiful colour is what draws people into putting them in their garden.

Composite roses are a combinations of the two different varieties and are becoming more popular in gardens across Australia. They have been engineered to have certain properties, though not necessarily for drought resistance. Many are bred specifically for colour and petal size and are more resistant to colder weather making them a durable and attractive option. These are some of the options when planning your garden landscaping, any of them are valid choices. The most important thing is to have fun with it!

The Coolest Air Conditioning Convention Yet

A worldwide convention of air conditioning and cooling systems is set to befall Melbourne over the weekend, with “record numbers set to arrive for the best convention yet.” The annual Coolcon, held in a different city every year, is to be held in Australia’s own capital of cool, Melbourne, from the 12th to the 14th. Boasting “the coolest collection of air con and cooling related products this side of a split system”, the event is expected to attracted experts and enthusiasts from all across the country.

“This year will be the biggest one yet,” said organiser Peter Aldridge. “We are going all out with the large scale replica, in the large main dome.” Air conditioning vendors and repairers will take to the stage this year to show off their skills. Previews of new methods of airflow, as well as a new fan types will  also make their Australian debut at Coolcon. Among the list of premiers is “a practical approach to air conditioning in Melbourne, with a demonstration, live, by some of the best and most dedicated experts this country has ever seen.”

Early press previews have marvelled at the “incredibly life-like replica in the dome; it was like I could just touch it,” as well as the live demonstration in Melbourne of air conditioner servicing. “I had always wanted to know how they do it, and to see it up on the big screen is a boyhood dream come true,” stated art critic Arthur Dayne.

The main event, featuring demonstrations by leading experts, is set to take place on the opening night of coolcon. This the fifth anniversary of Coolcon and organisers are pulling out all the stops to make it the best one yet. According to Aldridge. “We want to open on something huge and splashy that the cool people on this city can get behind, and that the air conditioning community based in Melbourne will be able to rally behind.”

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