Owning a swimming pool not only requires a lot of work but is also a major responsibility. You have to perform chemical checks and daily cleaning but perhaps maintaining a safe pool environment is essential especially if you have children at home. The installation of pool safety tools could make the difference between life and death, especially for younger kids. When considering the installation of pool fences and gates, make sure these types of barriers are not only made of quality materials, but the installation should comply with the barrier requirements for swimming pools promulgated by the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council.
Below are the necessary barrier requirements for outdoor residential swimming pools.
The pool fences should completely surround the swimming pool and must be at least 4 feet (48 inches) tall. The space between the ground and the bottom of the fence should not go beyond 2 inches. Any opening should be small enough to obstruct passage of smaller children through the opening.
Pool gates must satisfy the requirements applicable to pool fences. Install gates that are self-closing and self-latching. The latch handle should be at least 40 inches above grade and is located within the enclosure. Also, it must open outward. A self-closing gate will give you peace of mind at times when your child goes out of sight.
Any door that can provide direct access to the swimming pool should be equipped with a pool alarm. The alarm should produce an audible warning when the door or the pool gate is opened and should sound for at least 30 seconds after the door is opened. Also, make sure that the alarm can be heard throughout the house. You should be able to deactivate the alarm manually temporarily or choose one that resets under all conditions.
Safety Pool Cover
If there are no barriers installed, the swimming pool should be equipped with a powered pool safety cover that conforms to the standard labeling requirements for covers of all kinds of swimming pools.
Homeowners should consider the above-mentioned requirements as they contemplate about installing pool safety barriers. It is highly recommended to consult a professional pool fence installation company since they have the experience and required knowledge in identifying potential problems and can provide the right solutions. Remember, when it comes to safety, there should be no room for errors.
Life Saver of New York offers pool fencing installation in a way that guarantees complete safety of little ones. Contact us at 516-766-5336 to learn more about our installation process.
To read more about the current requirements for swimming pools in New York, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/pdf/PoolsumUC0708.pdf.