If you have a swimming pool and you live in Arizona, you need to think about swimming pool fencing. Not only is safety pool fencing critically important for the safety of yourself and your family (especially small children), but you could be breaking the law if you don’t have a fence or other barrier installed around your pool. Below, get some answers to six common questions about pool fencing regulations in Arizona.
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Why is safety pool fencing important? Unfortunately, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among small children and all-too-often, those deaths occur in backyard pools. In fact, according to Consumer Products Safety Commission, 300 children under the age of five drown each year in swimming pools. A secure fence with a gate can help prevent these tragic accidents. Even if you don’t have children, pool fencing is still important to protect kids who are visiting your home.
Am I legally required to install swimming pool fencing? Possibly. The state of Arizona requires a swimming pool fence if there are children under the age of six living in the residence. The fence must be at least five-feet high and include a self-closing and latching gate, in addition to meeting other requirements. A fence contractor who is experienced in pool fence installation will be able to explain the regulations in more detail. In addition, many Arizona counties and cities also have their own laws regarding swimming pool fencing. You will need to check with your city to determine what else you need to do to be in compliance with local laws.
I have an above-ground pool. Do pool fencing regulations apply to me? Generally, yes. Most pool barrier laws cover both in-ground and above-ground pools. Hot tubs and spas may also need to be enclosed by a fence.
How can I determine if my swimming pool fence is up to code? Your local fire department may be able to inspect your pool fence and tell you if it meets local regulations. If there’s a problem with your fencing, they should be able to tell you what specific steps you can take to remedy the issue.
I own a multi-family dwelling with a pool. Do I need to install a fence? Depending on where you live, you will likely be required to install a pool safety fence. You should check with your local authorities to find out what specific laws apply to you.
What if I can’t install a safety fence? Are they any alternatives? In some cases, it may be difficult or impossible to install a pool safety fence that meets local regulations. In those situations, you should talk to the appropriate local authority to find out if there is an alternative to fencing. For example, if pool fencing is not an option you may be able to install door alarms or an automatic pool cover that is activated with a key.
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