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    Fences

    I'm sure this varies, but I'm trying to find out if we have to have a fence around our pool. We've torn down the one that was there as it was doing nothing anyway. We do have chainlink fence around the property with locks on the gates. Inputs?


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    Re: Fences

    Local codes vary greatly. Check with city/township government codes. If your city has a website, codes will be on there.

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    Re: Fences

    Wouldn't hurt to ask your insurance agent too.
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    Re: Fences

    My town requires a 6 ft. fence around the pool with the ability to lock the gate.
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    Re: Fences

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeMac View Post
    My town requires a 6 ft. fence around the pool with the ability to lock the gate.
    Here too, and sometimes HOA's have their own rules too.
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    Re: Fences

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeMac View Post
    My town requires a 6 ft. fence around the pool with the ability to lock the gate.
    That's ours as well.

    There are also codes about where pool water can be drained (sewer vs. storm drain vs. yard/land).
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    Re: Fences

    Thanks for the replies. I was reading their codes but its not very clear. Public pools the rules are clear but residential pools the codes get cloudy.
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    Re: Fences

    Looked in Providence cities codes. Only found that pools can't be in front yard or side yard. Nothing about fencing, enclosure. Call the city, ask questions would be best.

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    Re: Fences

    Your local jurisdiction may or my not have their own standards. In my community the BOCA standard applies except the fence height must be 56 inches. Here is the National BOCA model code.


    BOCA National Building Code:


    Enclosures for Private Swimming Pools: You should always check with your nearest Building Department for current codes/requirements pertaining to pool barriers in your area. The BOCA National Building Code provided for reference below should only be used to gain a basic understanding of the types of requirements you may encounter locally.
    THE BOCA NATIONAL BUILDING CODE/1999:
    421.10.1 Enclosures for private swimming pools: Private swimming pools shall be enclosed in accordance with Sections 421.10.1 or by other approved barriers.
    421.10.1 Outdoor private swimming pool: An outdoor-private swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa shall be provided with a barrier which shall comply with the following.
    1. The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches above finished ground level measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between finished ground level and the barrier shall be 2 inches measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Where the top of the pool structure is above finished ground level, such as an above-ground pool, the barrier shall be at finished ground level, such as the pool structure, or shall be mounted on top of the pool structure. Where the barrier is mounted on the pool structure, the opening between the top surface of the pool frame and the bottom of the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.
    2. Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.
    3. Solid barriers shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for normal construction tolerances and tooled masonry joints.
    4. Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 1-3/4 inches. Decorative cutouts shall not exceed 1-3/4 inches in width.
    5. Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45 inches or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches. Decorative cutouts shall not exceed 13/4 inches in width.
    6. Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be a 11/4-inch square unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to not more than 13/4 inches.
    7. Where the barrier is composed of diagonal members, such as a lattice fence, the maximum opening formed by the diagonal members shall be not more than 13/4 inches.
    8. Access gates shall comply with the requirements of items 1 through 7 of Section 421.10.1, and shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device. Pedestrian access gates shall open outwards away from the pool and shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device. Pedestrian access gates shall open outwards away from the pool and shall be self-closing and have a self-latching device. Gates other than pedestrian access gates shall have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate: (a) the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches below the top of the gate; and (b) the gate and barrier shall not have an opening greater than inch within 18 inches of the release mechanism.
    9. Where a wall of a dwelling unit serves as part of the barrier and contains a door that provides direct access to the pool, one of the following shall apply:
    9.1. All doors with direct access to the pool through that wall shall be equipped with an alarm which produces an audible warning when the door and its screen, if present, are opened. The audible warning shall commence not more than 7 seconds after the door and door screen, if present, are opened and shall sound continuously for a minimum of 30 seconds. The alarm shall have a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 dBA at 10 feet and the sound of the alarm shall be distinctive from other household sounds such as smoke alarms, telephones and door bells. The alarm shall automatically reset under all conditions. The alarm shall be equipped with manual means, such as touchpads or switches, to deactivate temporarily the alarm for a single opening from either direction. Such deactivation shall last for not more than 15 seconds. The deactivation touchpads or switches shall be located at least 54 inches above the threshold of the door.
    9.2. All doors with direct access to the pool through that wall shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device with the release mechanism located a minimum of 54 inches above the floor. Swinging doors shall open away from the pool area.
    9.3. The pool shall be equipped with a power safety cover. Where in a closed position, the cover shall be capable of holding a weight of 485 pounds, shall not have any openings that allow passage of a 41/2 inch sphere and shall incorporate a system to drain standing water that collects on the cover. The cover control switch shall be permanently installed in accordance with NFPA 70 listed in Chapter 35, and be key-operated and of a spring-loaded or momentary-contact type. Where the switch is released, the operation of the cover shall stop instantly and be capable of reversing direction immediately. The switch shall be in the line of sight of the complete pool cover.
    10. Where an above-ground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a fixed or removable ladder or steps, the ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of items 1 through 9 of Section 421.10.1. A removable ladder shall not constitute an acceptable alternative to enclosure requirements.
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