Do You Need a Fence Around Your Pool?March 16, 2020
Installing a fence around your pool is an excellent safety measure to help prevent unauthorized or unsupervised access to the water. All-Safe’s mesh pool fence uses the strongest materials and a tight weave to deter children from climbing. Additionally, the tension-based system means children can’t easily remove the fence without adult help.
So, do you need a fence around your pool?
Please note that All-Safe is not a legal expert and this post is not intended as legal advice. You should thoroughly research all information about laws for fences around pools in your area. In most states, the law requires a barrier around pools of at least 4 feet in height.
If You Have Small Children, Pets, or an Elderly Person at Home
A pool fence is essential if you have children, pets, or an elderly person at home. Pool fencing is usually placed approximately two feet from the edge of the pool, meaning it helps keep vulnerable people and animals from getting near the water’s edge or falling in.
Pool nets, while also highly effective safety devices when used correctly, can entangle those who fall on them if they flail about or, in the case of pets, can’t crawl back to the deck by themselves.
Be sure to keep furniture, toys, and other objects a child could climb away from the sides of the fence. Also, when installing your fence, purchase a self-closing, self-latching gate to avoid forgetting to close the door to the fenced area.
Do you need a fence around your pool? If you have young children, pets, or take care of an elderly person, yes, a fence is an excellent safety precaution.
If Laws in Your Area Require a Fence
If your area has a law requiring a fence around a pool, then you must comply with the law. Additionally, you must follow the most restrictive version of the law. For example, if your state requires a fence 48 inches in height, but your city requires a fence 58 inches in height, comply with the city’s requirements.
There are no federal pool laws, so when determining if you need a fence around your pool, check your state, county, city, and local laws thoroughly. For example, in Arizona, the pool fence must be at least five feet high, enclose the pool completely, not have any openings bigger than four inches wide, and be a minimum of 20 inches away from the pool.
If Your Pool Is Accessible from the House
If your home’s outside wall provides one of the sides of a barrier around your pool, it’s still a good idea to install a pool fence. Children can open house doors and be outside in a matter of seconds, and you may not hear them leave.
Do you need a fence around your pool if the door to the pool area locks with a key? Possibly. If there is a doggy or pet door (even if that locks, too) or if the child can access the key, definitely. We also recommend installing an alarm on the door, just in case your precocious child manages to open it.
If You Have an Above Ground Pool
Inground pools are what most people think of when they imagine needing a pool fence. Once a child enters the fenced-in area, it’s easier for them to simply fall into the water when it’s at ground level. However, if you have an above ground pool, you can still utilize the protection of a fence.
Do you need a fence around a pool if it’s above ground, or even slightly elevated? Yes, especially if there are ladders attached to the walls of the pool that a child or elderly person could climb. You should also install a fence if there is furniture or toys a child could drag to the wall of the pool to climb and access the water.
What to Look for in Your Pool Fence
Again, individual states, counties, and/or cities will have different legal requirements, so verify those when choosing your pool fencing. However, general guidelines say the pool fence should:
- Be at least 48 inches tall
- Have holes no bigger than 3 ½ inches
- Have clearance of 2 inches or less at the bottom
- Use a gate that self-closes and self-latches
- Have a latch at least 48 inches away from the ground
If you do need a fence around your pool, be sure it follows the above guidelines.
All-Safe’s Mesh Pool Fence
All-Safe’s mesh fences are an ideal solution, as the mesh has no hand- or footholds and thus deters climbing. We recommend our self-closing and self-latching gates paired with an alarm, in case a particularly industrious child, again, drags a toy over to gain height to reach the latch.
Our mesh fencing is strong, resistant to wear, and easy to set up and take down. They’re ASTM-F2286-05 compliant, meaning they’re independently tested for safety. The fine mesh design means you can see through it to the water, adding an extra layer of visual security.
Let All-Safe Improve the Safety of Your Pool Area
Do you need a fence around your pool? Contact All-Safe today and schedule your free onsite consultation. A local dealer will send a uniformed, professional team to your home to inspect your unique pool area and recommend a solution that will work to help keep you and your family safe.