Pontoon Safety!

How safe is your waterfront & pontoon?

Pontoon safety is sometimes neglected and taken for granted. In the past few years, there have been many reports of non-compliance, and sometimes dangerous situations regarding electrical safety on pontoons.

The electrical wiring of pontoons potentially presents a serious health hazard to residents’ families and friends. To reduce the risk of serious injury, or death, SWL has introduced a process that requires all members who have electricity supplied to their pontoon, or other floating devices, obtain an ‘Electrical Compliance Statement’ of their waterfront device, from a licensed electrician, to ensure the electricity supply follows Australian standards and SWL recommended regulations.

This information can be found on the SWL website (Sylvaniawaters.com)-
Waterfront Devices – Document 1016, – Regulations and Standards for Waterfront Devices,
Specifications & Regulations, 12.8 Electrical Compliance & Safety Requirements

From a safety point of view, the often-harsh environment, and movements that the equipment can be exposed too, may mean the equipment deteriorates without you realizing it.

Many of you have had electrical inspections done and rectified the problems.

Things to consider with safety of your waterfront or pontoon.

Here is a short check list that may assist you in your property’s safety:

• When was the last electrical inspection done on your pontoon?
• If you have an electrical supply to your pontoon, do you have an Electrical Compliance Statement from a licensed electrician, and if so, have you provided it to SWL?
• Have you got a lifebuoy with a rope lanyard (lifesaving device)?
• Are the handrails on your large pontoon in good order?
• Are you concerned about speeding boats near your waterfront (you may obtain a speed sign, free from SWL to display at your waterfront)

If you need help with any waterfront safety issues, or pontoon electrical safety issues, you can contact any SWL directors for advice.