HOME POOL SAFETY.
Not all Skimmer Covers were created equal. Many traditional options may miss the mark. But choosing HIDE will give you 100% peace of mind.
THE AUSTRALIAN POOL STANDARD
The backyard pool is a timeless icon of summer fun.
But there is a serious side to owing your backyard dream - pool safety.
In Australia, there is one hard and fast standard which covers the installation of skimmer box lids which absolutely ALL Australian pools and spas must comply with.
It is Australian Standard AS 1926.3 2010 Swimming Pool Safety – Water Reticulation Systems.
The skimmer box is the main suction point of the pool, attached to a very powerful pump. It’s easy for limbs and hair to become trapped, resulting in serious accidents – especially to children. Additionally, without proper ventilation, children can be trapped at the mouth of the skimmer box due to the build-up of pressure. The Australian Standard AS 1926.3 2010 addresses both issues, and requires that all installed Skimmer Covers meet two conditions to be compliant and pool safe:
Skimmer Covers MUST BE CHILD-RESISTANT
Skimmer box lids when installed in the designed position, must be either:
Heavier than 10.2kg (unable to be lifted off vertically with a force less than 100 Newtons)
Skimmer Covers MUST HAVE A MINIMUM LEVEL OF VENTILATION
A Skimmer box lid should have a collective total 315mmˆ2 of ventilation holes.
The shape and number of holes can be varied
The correct ventilation minimises risk of children being trapped at the mouth of the skimmer box.
WHAT MAKES HIDE POOL-SAFE?
Unlocking HIDE pool safety is simple... it’s all in the design of the Safety Key!
The HIDE lid cannot be removed manually without the Safety Key – which means it’s 100% child-proof!
Similarly, the HIDE keyhole and clearances allows for ventilation which greatly exceeds the level required by the national safety regulations.
Learn how easy it is to use the key here, and be sure to read our simple instructions for safely opening and closing a HIDE lid.
ALWAYS REMEMBER – the Safety Key must be stored in a secure location, out of reach of children at all times.
THE SUPERIOR CHOICE.
OTHER Skimmer Covers CAN LEAVE YOU HIGH + DRY.
Alternative traditional Skimmer Cover options are unattractive, plus have quality and durability concerns which can cause serious headaches for home-owners and contractors alike. What’s worse, is that many don’t even meet Australian Pool Safety Standards! On a pool journey, you’ll typically encounter two other Skimmer Cover options:
THE PLASTIC OPTION.
The traditional cheap, plastic lid which needs to be replaced regularly due to sun damage and wear.
THE LOOSE STONE/TILE OPTION.
A brittle option which is both unattractive and often short-lived. They usually break quickly, or cause chipping or damage to the surrounding stone.
A loose stone is often NOT compliant or POOL SAFE.
CAN I REPLACE MY PLASTIC OR LOOSE STONE LID WITH A HIDE?
HIDE Skimmer Covers (or any HIDE lid!) can usually be easily retrofitted to replace other lid options. In fact, since our launch, many pool owners have opted to upgrade to a HIDE due to ongoing problems with traditional lid types.
HIDE can be retrofitted into landscapes with pavers, tiles, decking or concrete. If using a paver/tile, you will need a spare to insert into the inlay lid. If you don’t have a spare we can help source one that is a close match to your existing tile/pavers.
I WANT A HIDE IN A DIFFERENT SIZE!
Usually your contractor can cut a new recess in your landscape area to retrofit a HIDE in one of our standard sizes. However, if our available size options do not match the recess area for your lid – don’t stress!
HIDE can manufacture custom-sized lids for skimmers, drain and access points. We will happily guide you through the custom manufacturing process.