Pool Fence Requirements in Ohio

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If you want a safer swimming pool, it’s important to know and understand the pool fence requirements in your Ohio community. Installing a pool safety fence helps prevent unauthorized access to your swimming pool when you aren’t around and is instrumental in helping to prevent accidental drownings–the number one killer of children. Pool safety barriers save lives, which is why many jurisdictions, insurance carriers, and HOAs require pool owners to install barriers that meet a threshold of security and safety. 

Ohio Pool Laws

Like many states, Ohio sets the pool fence requirements for public pools and spas in state law. Codified in Chapter 3701 of the Ohio Administrative Code, the law lays out the protections public water attractions must include to protect customers and guests. Ohio private pool laws, however, are enacted at the municipal level by cities, towns, and counties to protect residents at the local level. As you can imagine, this leads to plenty of variance in Ohio pool fence requirements as each governing entity does its best to balance the rights of property owners to build as they see fit against the public’s interest in pool safety, all based on their individual and collective understanding of modern building practices and the latest in water safety research.

What this means for private owners is that it’s vital to reach out to your local building code department to ensure you know and understand the Ohio private pool fence laws their property falls under. It’s also a good idea to contact your insurance carrier, HOA, or any other entity that may have a contractual interest in a swimming pool on the property to make sure there are no further pool fence standards that have to be met. Professional pool installers have the knowledge and experience working with these local jurisdictions to help you make sure you have a safe, compliant swimming pool area. 

General Pool Fence Requirements In Ohio

While there’s no way to cover the private pool fence law in every Ohio jurisdiction, there are some general provisions that you’ll want to know.

  • Minimum Height Requirements – While there will almost always be a minimum height standard set in pool codes, this specification shows some of the most deviations from one jurisdiction to the next. Required heights range from 48” to 72” as measured from the ground outside the enclosure to the top of the fence. Our fencing is available in a range of heights to make sure every pool can be protected by modern pool fencing.
  • Self-Closing, Self-Latching Gates – Your pool gate should swing freely closed and then latch itself after you go through it. This helps ensure a gate left ajar doesn’t put children or pets in jeopardy.
  • Strength – Poles should resist being pushed over to either unset them from their anchor holes or to bend far enough to allow pool access. Fence panels should resist tearing or damage when someone pushes against them.
  • Gap Free – Large gaps can allow children or small animals access by pushing through them, which is why they get a lot of focus in Ohio pool fence requirements. Smaller gaps can provide hand and footholds that make climbing the fence easier. In general, no gap should allow a sphere 4” in diameter or larger to pass through, and panel materials should be designed to deter rather than aid climbing. 
  • Close To The Ground – The bottom of the pool fence should be an inch or less above the ground and, even when lifted, should not allow for a gap large enough for a 4” sphere to pass under the fence.

Why Removable Mesh Fencing Is The Best Choice For Your Pool

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white removable pool fencing

Removable mesh pool fencing is your flexible, cost-effective path to meeting your responsibilities under Ohio private pool fence law.  Strong, flexible poles are anchored in sleeves sunk into your deck. Between these poles, rip-resistant mesh material stretches taut, providing no handholds for climbing and eliminating the gaps often found in traditional pool fencing. The secure gate can be augmented with locks and alarms for increased security, but when more room is needed for entertaining, the entire structure can be removed in minutes. Easy to maintain, its lower price point than traditional fencing makes it a favorite for Ohio pool owners that need to meet pool fence requirements without breaking the bank.

Other Pool Safety Barrier Options

In some jurisdictions, you may have safety barrier options under your Ohio private pool fence law. These safety barriers still help prevent accidental drowning by preventing unsupervised access to your pool but can be installed either in place of or as a second layer of protection to your swimming pool fence.

  • Swimming Pool Safety CoverUsing strong material anchored along the deck at the edge of the pool, safety covers can support the weight of a full-grown adult. It also helps keep your pool cleaner by preventing leaves, dirt, and other debris from entering your swimming pool.
  • Swimming Pool Safety NetSimilar to a pool cover, a safety net is anchored around the pool’s deck, but its strong, knotted cording is tensioned with springs. This safety barrier is perfect for oddly shaped pools or those with landscaping features that make it difficult for other safety barriers to provide complete protection.

Your Local Ohio Pool Fence Pro

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black mesh removable pool safety fence

Your local All-Safe Pool installer in Western Ohio and the surrounding area is Midwest Pool Safety Barriers. With over 3000 area families protected, they’ve built their reputation for water safety pool-by-pool. Passionate about protecting their friends and neighbors, they’ve built a strong track record of helping clients meet the requirements of Ohio private pool fence law with state-of-the-art safety solutions tailored to meet each individual pool owner’s needs. It costs nothing to get started.

When you request a free estimate, an experienced local technician will talk to you about your pool needs, take measurements, and give you a written quote that lays out your pool’s protection options. For many pool owners, meeting Ohio pool fence requirements and gaining the peace of mind that comes with protecting your loved ones comes at a far more affordable price tag than they imagined. Give your friends, family, and pets the protection they need. Schedule your free pool safety quote with your local All-Safe pool installer today.

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