Is a Swimming Pool Fence Required?

Should I put a fence around my pool?

When considering installing a swimming pool, it is also very important to consider the local regulations with regard to safety barriers. Besides the law itself, you should consider the impact of the pool on your homeowner’s insurance. The liability of the homeowner, should there be a lawsuit, is enormous. If a swimming pool fence is not required by legislation or insurance ruling, it is still a wise idea to prevent the accidental drowning of children and pets. Generally speaking, a pool barrier is a wall or a fence completely separating the pool from the home. It may also be a motorized cover.

To be sure of the regulations in your area, you should research your city, county and state rulings. The internet is a great resource, but make sure your source is a government-sponsored site. Call the regulatory agency if you still have questions. Then make another call to your insurance company. Failure to follow each regulation can end up in fines and even jail time. Not complying with the insurance company can mean losing your coverage. 

Most regulations include height minimums, self-latching gatesand locks. A reasonably priced alternative to traditional fencing may be a mesh fence. While some municipalities have not considered mesh fences acceptable as barriers in the past, because they were moveable, new locking technology has made them a viable option in most locations. If you have doubts, you should, of course, check your local regulations. A mesh swimming pool fence is less intrusive on the view than other fences, and since they are almost see-through, they allow visibility of the pool from inside the home.


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