|One of the most effective, proven strategies that can
reduce the risk of drowning is to isolate the pool from
the rest of the backyard by using fencing
The CPSC suggests installing a fence or other barrier
completely around the pool. If the house is part of the
barrier, the doors leading from the house to the pool
should be protected with an alarm or the pool should
have a power safety cover.
The fence or other barrier should be at least 4' high,
with no foot or handholds that could help a young
child to climb it.
Vertical fence slats should be less than 4" apart to
prevent a child from squeezing through.
For any pool barrier, the maximum clearance at the
bottom of the barrier must not exceed 4" above the
grade or 2" above non-solid surfaces such as dirt and grass.
Gates should open out from the pool and should be
self-closing and self-latching with the release
mechanism 54" or more from the bottom of the gate.
Traditional mechanical hinges and latches for gates
often fail to close the gate properly. The new generation
of hardware, latches that are magnetically triggered and
tension adjustable hinges, provide a reliable, self-closing
gate. These innovative products have now become the
standard in pool gate hardware.
If the fence is chain-link, the maximum mesh size must
not exceed 1-1/4". A larger mesh can be used if slats are
inserted as long as it reduces the opening on either side
of the slat to no more than 1-3/4".
| Pool Enclosures
These national guidelines, courtesy of Master Halco, present standards for pool fencing. The law can vary by town, however
most have adopted these standards.