If you have a swimming pool that contains water more than 24" deep, you will need a fence to prevent an unsupervised child from gaining access to it. We offer many pool fencing options so let us help you design a fence that adds curb appeal to your house while also securing your pool.
Your pool fence will need to prevent a child from getting OVER, UNDER, or THROUGH it, plus keep them from entering the pool without your knowledge. Therefore, most city building ordinances have requirements based on guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
We have outlined the guidelines below so that you will understand which type of fences work best for pools. Remember to always check your local codes for the exact specifications that will apply to your project.
Your fence should be at least 48" above the ground (some codes may require it to be 60"). It is recommended that you eliminate top and bottom rails but there are guidelines for horizontal rails along with vertical boards or pickets.
Clearance at the bottom of your fence should not exceed 4" above the ground. If the fence will rest on a non-solid surface like grass or gravel, the clearance should not exceed 2 inches.
Space between Vertical Boards
The spacing between the vertical boards or pickets should be less than 4".
Your fence should include a self-closing and self-locking gate that opens outward from the pool. There are also guidelines for placement of self-latching devices to prevent a child from reaching over or through the opening to release the lock.
We recommend selecting a pool fence that not only gives you a clear view from your home or yard, but also provides a safe and secure barrier. Protecting your pool is not only a good idea, but is also one that can save a life.