Summer Safety: Swimming Pool Code Reminder

Gate Hinges and Latched on Pool Fence

With summer starting, now is a good time to remember pool safety shouldn’t take a back seat.

A swimming pool can be a wonderful addition to any home. It can, however, present a danger. Before installing a pool, it is wise to learn the national pool code laws so that you are compliant with installation and safety. Your pool area should be a fun and relaxing environment, not one you need to worry about.

Even if you currently own a pool, it’s best to refresh yourself with the safety laws in place. National pool code rules were put in to place to make sure homeowners and businesses have a safe and secure fenced area around a swimming pool and spa area.

Pool standards are recognized by many communities throughout the world for pool areas for residential and commercial use.

The I.C.C. pool code panel safety specifications include:

  • Fence panel must be at least 48” tall
  • Distance from the top of the bottom rail to the top of the next highest rail must be at least 45”
  • Spacing between pickets must be less than 4”
  • Space from the bottom of the bottom rail to the ground must be less than 4”

For pool gates, the I.C.C. specifications include:

  • Must have self-closing hinges
  • Must have self-closing latches
  • The gate must open out (away from the pool area)
  • Opening mechanism of the latch must be at least 54” above the ground
  • Must not use a cross brace on the gate

It’s important to note that codes not only vary by state but also by locality. Always be sure to check the pool codes in your area before ordering and installing a fence.

An Important Note Regarding Pool Safety:

A pool fence is an important line of defense against accidental drownings, but it is not the only step that can/should be taken.  Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission for some excellent resources regarding swimming pool safety. http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Sports-Fitness-and-Recreation/Pools-and-Spas/