What do you see when you visit an in-ground, outdoor pool? Whether it’s a public, private, residential or commercial pool, they all have their differences. The pools can be in hotels or resorts, community pools as part of a neighborhood association, or your neighbor’s backyard retreat. They have one thing in common: fence enclosures around their pool area.
The owners and operators of these pools are bound by local ordinances to have a well-maintained safety barrier at all times. Pool fences are just as important for homeowners.
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Fencing should be your first line of defense for pool safety. Fencing restricts access to your pool.
Why would you want to restrict access?
Any parent knows that small children can get into the most unlikely of places at any given time. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death in the pediatric age group.”
Statistics from Edgar Snyder & Associates report that roughly 5,000 children under the age of 14 are hospitalized because of drowning-related incidents yearly; 5% die and around 20% are permanently neurologically impaired.
While pools are exciting additions to your home for recreation and exercise, it is vital to maintain the highest levels of safety. Fencing laws and guidelines often include
- minimum height requirements
- spacing requirements between the bottom of the fence and the ground
- spacing specifications between vertical and horizontal fencing slats, mesh fencing, diagonal slats, chain-link fencing, and decorative cutouts
- scalable external structures near the fence, such as trees
- self-closing and self-latching requirements for gates
- window and door requirements if part of the pool enclosure is part of a building
Additionally, you may opt for extra safety options:
- pool locks
- pool alarms
- pool covers
Pool ownership comes with some hefty responsibilities. It is vital to know your legal obligations, provide the utmost safety precautions, and follow the pool safety training and protocols. With this knowledge you can help prevent a dangerous circumstance from occurring, and will be able to enjoy your poolscape without any worry.
The Pool Design Group at Aqua Blue Pools can help you with your pool design and fencing requirements.