Having a swimming pool provides years of entertainment for families and is most sought after for summer outdoor fun. Several states require pool fencing to keep small children, and even pets, safe around the outside living area. Here is what homeowners need to know about a fence for swimming pools.
Swimming pools that are in ground, completely or partially, must be enclosed by a fence. Above ground pool installations may need fencing, depending on water depth.(Check exact depth per your local code. It's usually a minimum of 18-24 inches.) According to pool safety guidelines, the top of a pool barrier should be at least 48 inches above grade, measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Some states, counties or municipalities require pool barriers of 60 inches.
According to Parashute.ca, these are the requirements for pool fencing across Canada:
- Specifies self-closing and self-latching gate.
- Specifies minimum height of 1.2 m (4 feet)
- Defines pool as having a water depth of at least 0.6 m (2 feet)
- Includes in-ground, above ground and inflatable pools
- Specifies fence construction that inhibits climbing
Both U.S. and Canadian homeowners turn to welded wire fencing to satisfy pool code requirements. Welded wire fence not only looks good on landscapes, but will keep family members and pets safe during splash time at the pool. This type of fence comes in different heights and mesh dimensions to satisfy state requirements.