Pool Fence Latches: What are my safety options?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

 
In ground pools have become more affordable in the past decade and that makes the subject of operational gate latches  a major benefit to homeowners and pool fence installers. It can be a confusing topic for those who are not familiar with pool code requirements.Pool safety latches are designed to make it difficult, if not impossible, for small children to open the gate. These latches typically open by pulling up on a knob that releases the latch. This is an unusual opening action and kids are not inclined to understand how to unlock the gate. 
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Topics: Code, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulation, Pool Gates

Va. Fence Law: Who's Actually Responsible for the Cost of My Fence?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Fri, May 09, 2014

As the weather warms, Virginian's are beginning to make their outdoor wishlists. If you're thinking of installing an above or in-ground swimming pool or trying your hand at urban or rural farming, the majority of the information in this article will greatly help you in understanding the ordinances, cost and responsibilities surrounding your 2014 outdoor projects. And—you might have to spend less than you think.

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Topics: Fence Design, Perimeter Security, Specifications, High Security Fence, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulation, Fence Maintenance, Richmond Fence, fence law, fence regulations, swimming pool regulations, agricultural fence, virginia fence code

What Are The State Regulations On Pool Fence Enclosures?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, May 15, 2013

Not only are pool enclosures and fences an aesthetically-pleasing way to keep critters out of your pool, it also keeps your pool safe from liabilities (such as children or other unwanted visitors). Studies have shown that isolation fencing (pool fences) vs. property barriers (perimeter fencing) to be much more effective in reducing the rate of acidental drowning. Additionally, certain types of fencing are more effective at keeping children out than others. Specifically, easily-climbed fences with ample visibility such as chain link fences are much less effective pool barriers than non-climb fences. AN example of non-climb fecne is ornamental aluminum fences which allow for visibility, yet are unable to be scaled. Not to mention, great fence looks! To ensure safety, states have imposed pool fence laws and regulations regarding very specific pool barriers. 

Virginia has imposed the following Pool Fence Codes.

All outdoor pools, spas, and hot tubs with a depth of over 2 feet (24 inches) require a fence/barrier enclosurement around it. The enclosure must be non-climbable, and a minimum of 48 inches above completed ground level.

Details of Pool fence Regulations:

Non-climbable barriers are required

  • Solid barriers, such as brick walls, must have no protrusions or indentations.
  • Horizontal design elements less than 45 inches apart must be on the inside face; vertical elements must be spaced at 1 ¾ inches or less.
  • Horizontal design elements greater than or equal to 45 inches apart are permitted to be located on either side of the barrier; vertical elements must be spaced at four inches or less.
  • Openings which constitute a pattern capable of being climbable (such as chain-link) must be limited to 1 ¾ inches when measured horizontally.

Opening limitations

  • 2 inches maximum between ground level and bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • 4 inches maximum between the top of an above-ground pool and the bottom of the fence/barrier.
  • Less than 4 inches for all other openings that do not constitute a pattern of being climbable.
  • 1 ¾ inches (measured horizontally) or 1 ¼ inches (diagonally) for openings in chain link or lattice-type barriers or other barriers with diagonal design elements.

Access Gates

  • Must meet non-climbable barrier requirements.
  • Must be self-closing/self-latching and swing away from the pool.
  • Latches must be 54 inches (4 ½ feet) from bottom and at least three inches from the top of the gate on the pool side.
  • There shall be no openings one half inch or greater within 18 inches of the latch.

Door Alarms

  • Must be labeled in accordance with UL 2017.
  • Must sound immediately and continuously for 30 seconds.
  • Must be heard throughout the house and reset automatically.
  • Must be capable of being deceived temporarily
  • Must be located 54 inches above the door threshold.

*Safety covers for spas and hot tubs meeting ASTM F1346 may be substituted for barriers*

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Topics: Residential Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Pool Fence, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulations

What Are The Insurance Requirements For A Pool Fence?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin

Tue, Oct 12, 2010

Many insurance companies have different requirements when it comes to pool fence specifications. One thing is certain; all insurance companies require a fence around pools to reduce liabilty.

What we mean by pool fence requirements is that the height, material, size and spacing specifications may vary with each insurance company.  Most of the insurance conditions depend heavily on the locality in which the pool and fence is being installed.

It is very important to keep in mind that though the insurance provider or locality requires you to have a specific fence installed, you must also check with any Homeowner’s Association (HOA) and the Building Owners and Code Administrators (BOCA).

A growing number of people are aware of currecnt code which requires that a pool fences must be at least 48 inches tall. This is good, however some insurance companies recommend that you do at least a 6 foot high fence, if allowed by the HOA and your locality, in the hope of reducing any risks that may be associated with the insured’s pool. Additionally, many insurance companies require the homeowner to have a pool gate with a lock to keep unwelcome swimmers out. Gates of pools must also meet specific pool gate codes. Please note that if you have a fence that has been installed that does not meet BOCA, locality or HOA specifications your may required tearing it right back down. 

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Topics: Specifications, Code, Pool Fence, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulations

What is the best type of swimming pool fence?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes

Wed, Sep 29, 2010

The choice of pool fencing begs that the questions below be answered:

¨    Is this a private backyard pool? 

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Topics: Gates, Vinyl Fence, Ornamental Aluminum, Pool Fence, Pool Gate Hardware, Aluminum Fence, Pool Gates, Comparison