|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. The latches are installed at the top of the gate to ensure that the latch is ‘out of reach’. Virginia Pool Code requires that the latch mechanism be at 54” above ground or higher. These latches also have a key lock on them as well. Pool gates must also be equipped with automatically self-closing hinges that open away not towards the pool area.Once the gate swings back to the closed position the latch will automatically engage: it is then necessary for the pool-owner to actually turn the lock on the gate for additional security.Every city, county, or municipality has some form of pool code or regulations regarding the gate latches for pool fences. Choosing an aluminum or vinyl pool gate latch that is compliant with those particular regulatory codes, is very important for safety and liability .
Below are a few options for your pool fence safety latch. Before you select and buy your latch, it is best to speak with your hired fence project manager in order to make sure that the pool fence you are installing or updating will work with this type of pool attachment.
MagnaLatch Series 3 Top Pull Manual Lock
MagnaLatch Series 3 Magnetic Pool Child Safety Gate Latch - Top Pull
MagnaLatch Key-Lockable Side Pull
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