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    Quote Originally Posted by RunawayPrincess View Post
    I personally would be reporting it, but I'm a ***** like that.
    me too - I would have already rung the council

    I prefer the word "rule follower" than *****

    I struggle to let my children out of my sight at mum's house and their pool is FENCED .. I would not be TAKING my children to that house (crawling or otherwise) till that fence is up AND LEGAL. I have a feeling that if they haven't bothered yet .. there will always be an excuse ... *shrugs*

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    I thought the laws applied to pools put in after a certain date and older pools if the house was being sold or leased. So if they put the pool in or bought the house with pool before that date and have lived their since, they don't need to fence it until they move out. I could be wrong though.

    As for the issue, I understand your concern but realistically it's their house and it's not really fair to demand they fence their pool. However, I wouldn't leave the child there once it's crawling unless it's fenced. If they want their grandchild to come and visit, they'll do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I think it's a bit bossy to demand a fence by the time bub is born. There's no danger until bub starts rolling/crawling. How about you draw the line then?
    I dont think its bossy at all??

    do the inlaws not have any other visitors at all?? never ever with children??

    I think its incredibly risky .. the fact is its illegal .. why is it so hard to follow rules?

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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    The August 1991 date still applies. We refuse to fence our pool (not that it holds water) as they aren't child proof. A key locked door with the keys not near the door is. Also we have a barrel bolt at the top of the door. We were council requirements.

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    Default What would you do? Unfenced pool

    Will your child be the first grandchild?

    If he or she is then there's every chance your in-laws will get stuck into the fence once your child is born and an actual part of their lives.

    If not, once your babe is on the move don't take him or her to their house.

    That's if you don't get any joy from the council or don't want to report them.

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    Personally, I wouldn't make it into a legal issue - they are family and I think it would create tension unnecessarily.

    Ultimately, it's their house and you have to make a call about whether you're ok taking your baby there. If you're not, just be honest about why and say you understand it's their house and their decision and it might seem OTT to them but it really stresses you out to go there when the pool is not fenced. Say that you realise they love your little one too and that they wouldn't do anything to put it in danger (because I think that's where they are getting offended) but please just humour you and get a fence.

    I would also suggest that it should be your partner that has these conversations with his parents, not you (if he isn't already). In laws having these conversations will only lead to a power struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I think it's a bit bossy to demand a fence by the time bub is born. There's no danger until bub starts rolling/crawling. How about you draw the line then?
    For once, I agree with vic park. Either don't take them there or keep them within arms reach when visiting.

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    Default What would you do? Unfenced pool

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fox View Post
    I just wouldn't go there until it was fenced.
    I would be freaking out about the pram rolling into the pool too?
    I am a bit of a worry wort but.
    However I would be going there with caution before bubs was in any way mobile and once mobile I would be avoiding the place, it's way too risky

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    I think that crawling/bum shuffling is a reasonable time frame to expect it to be done. From birth (for purely your babies sake) it would not be necessary, but in the interests of other children, it should have been done, like, last year.

    Is it completely unfenced or just not fenced off from the house?

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    Default What would you do? Unfenced pool

    In NSW all pools installed before August , 1990 do not require ( although recommended) the current standard of pool fencing, they have to have certain access restrictions, window and door locks etc, I sell houses in an area built in the 70,s and literally every second house has a in ground pool and most are not fenced if they are the original owners
    If it were me, I would be getting DH to bring it up with his parents , I think you will find ( especially if it's the first grandchild) that when they remember how quick crawling babies are they will rush to get the fence in! I think demanding a fence before baby is here is a bit much though , if it bothers you then just don't go there or don't go outside

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