Why are we talking about swimming pools when summer is almost over? If you recently had a pool installed and have yet to properly secure the area with a fence, you should do this before winter. Even in the fall and winter months, a covered/closed swimming pool with water in it can be a safety hazard to children. Installing a fence around your swimming pool is a necessary security and safety measure that prevents kids from having unsupervised access. In many states and municipalities, both the law and your insurance company may also require it. How do you know which is the best type of fence to secure your pool? You need to do some research. Believe it or not, there are currently no standard requirements in place for pool fences. The United States does not have federal laws requiring specific fences or safety features for surrounding residential swimming pools. Pool barriers and fences are regulated at the local and state level, and this can vary greatly depending on where you live. Even if your swimming pool is exempt from local fence laws, your homeowner’s insurance policy may still require a fence. In order to be safe, here are some recommendations to consider when choosing a fence to secure your pool:
Height: 4-ft. fence or taller.
Structure: Must be impossible for children to climb.
Type: Permanent fencing is ideal because of durability.
Gate: All states require that they open outward away from the pool area, and be self-closing and self-latching.
Materials: Structures can be made from a wide range of materials including wood, vinyl, and aluminum.
After having a pool fence installed, there are additional layers of protection you can consider. Examples of additional layers of security include automatic rigid pool covers, an underwater motion swimming pool alarm, and rescue equipment. If you aren’t sure what agency to contact about pool fence regulations, the best thing to do is contact your municipality’s Building Code Department, Department of Health or Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. If this all seems too overwhelming, please give us a call. We can help make the process of selecting and installing a proper swimming pool fence easy!