Pergolas are places of relaxation and entertainment, where the only safety hazard may appear to be a condition known as pergola paralysis. A term that refers to a person who spends so much time in their Melbourne pergola that they forget about everything else that’s happening in the world!

But, seriously, as with other parts of your home, accidents can happen around your pergola. In this post, we’ll look at some of the hazards you may encounter and what to do about them, so your pergola can continue to be the secure sanctuary you desire.

Protecting your space with Melbourne pergola safety

One of the primary safety considerations for pergolas is when the floor level is elevated. In these instances, appropriate barriers or fences may be required to prevent falls and protect people.

While specific requirements may vary depending on local building codes and regulations, a common guideline is that any raised pergola, patio, verandah or deck that is more than a certain height above the ground may require a barrier or fence.

In many areas of Victoria, including Melbourne, a balustrade or barrier is typically required if the outdoor space is more than 1.0 metre above the ground level. This height threshold is designed to minimise the risk of falls and ensure the safety of homeowners and others, especially children.

When installing a balustrade around a pergola in Melbourne, it’s essential to comply with all relevant building codes and standards. This includes ensuring that the fence is of adequate height (at least one metre high), securely installed, gaps and openings are less than 125mms and only appropriate materials are used.

Additionally, consideration should be given to the design and aesthetics of the balustrade to ensure it complements the overall look and feel of your pergola.

Other safety essentials for your pergola

While protection around raised pergolas is the major concern, there are several other safety aspects that homeowners should consider. This applies if you are adding a new pergola to their Melbourne home, or when looking to make necessary improvements:

  • It perhaps goes without saying, but it’s vital to ensure that all outdoor structures, including pergolas, decks and verandahs, are built to code and constructed using quality materials. Regular maintenance and inspections can help identify and address any structural issues before they pose a safety hazard.
  • Choose decking materials and surface treatments that provide adequate traction, especially in areas prone to moisture or water accumulation. This helps reduce the risk of slips and falls, particularly during wet weather or when the surface is wet.
  • Install adequate lighting in your Melbourne pergola to enhance visibility and safety, particularly during evening hours or when entertaining guests after dark. Pathway lights, deck-mounted fixtures and overhead lighting can help illuminate walkways and gathering spaces, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing security. They can also add ambience to your pergola.
  • If you have children, take additional precautions to childproof potentially hazardous areas such as stairs, railings and access points to elevated structures. Safety gates, childproof locks and supervision are essential to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Exercise caution when using outdoor fire features such as fire pits, outdoor kitchens and barbecues. Follow manufacturer guidelines, maintain a safe distance from flammable materials and always supervise open flames to prevent accidents and minimise the risk of fire. In addition, see this quick and easy check list to ensure your barbecue is safe.

These tips were brought to you by Outside Concepts North Western & Western Melbourne branch.

When you use Outside Concepts to design and build your Melbourne pergola, you can be guaranteed of many things, including quality materials and quality workmanship. You’re also guaranteed your pergola will be built to all relevant codes and regulations and will be safe.

Life’s too short to compromise. Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 for a free quote.

Is it possible your Melbourne pergola may contain a hidden safety hazard?
Is it possible your Melbourne pergola may contain a hidden safety hazard?