Did you know that if your pool fence is within 1.25 metres of the water, the metal pool fence spigots need to be earthed? If the metal components of your glass pool fence haven’t been correctly earthed, there is a slight risk that a person in the water could be electrocuted. 

There is a lot of awareness surrounding the height and spacing of a pool fence, but many homeowners are unaware of the electrical guidelines their fence must meet. 

Here’s what you need to know.

Earthing Pool Fence Spigots: What’s The Risk?

A pool’s filter, pump and cleaning equipment are powered by electric motors. If a fault should occur with the electrical wiring while people are swimming in the pool, there is a risk of electrical injury and/or drowning should they touch a metal fitting. 

Electric shock can be avoided by ensuring your pool is compliant with Australian Standard AS/NZS3000:2007 Section & (wiring rules).

And for this you will need to consult a licensed electrical contractor during the design phase.

What Is Electrical Bonding?

Electrical bonding is when all metal components, including the fencing spigots of your glass pool fence, that are within arm’s reach of a swimmer (1.25m from the pool edge) are connected to an earthing point (usually on the house) via an earth wire.

There are very specific requirements for electrical bonding and to know whether your pool requires electrical bonding you will need the input of a licensed electrician.

Remember electricity and water do not mix so it is essential to get the advice of a licensed electrical contractor when you are installing your pool and pool fence.