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This self-latching mechanism extends considerably above
the gate, putting the operating knob over 54" high, out of
the reach of small children. This allows it to be mounted
on the outside of the gate in most jurisdictions.

A quick comparison of laws from pool-rich states like
California and Florida reveals some common themes
of pool safety fencing.
* The fence must be a minimum of four feet (48 inches)
high in most jurisdictions, higher in some.
* The fence line must be a minimum of 20 inches from
the edge of the pool, so that if a child climbs the fence,
he won't immediately fall into the water.
* The fence should be isolated from the house so that
doors and windows are outside the fence perimeter.
* The bottom of the fence must be no more than four
inches from the finished ground level, two inches in
some jurisdictions
* The bottom rail should be on the inside of the fence,
and there should be no foothold on the outside of the
fence that might aide a child trying to climb it
* The gate must open outwards, away from the pool
* The gate must be self-closing and self-latching
* On a 48" fence, the latch must be on the poolside of the
gate and a minimum of 6" below the top of the gate.
Alternatively, the latch can be mounted on the outside
of the gate if the operating handle is a minimum of
54" above the finished ground level. This will make
it easier for adults to operate because they don't have
to reach over the gate.

PHOTO COURTESY OF D&D TECHNOLOGIES

WHO NEEDS A POOL FENCE?
Are pool fences only needed in households where
children live? Or should every pool have a fence?
According to Thomas Court, customer experience
manager for D&D Technologies (a leading manufacturer of pool gate safety hardware), the best answer is
that laws may vary on this point, but any homeowner
with a pool would be well-advised to put up a codecompliant fence around it. First, children may visit the
home, and if that happens, there's no time to "invent"
pool protection on the spur of the moment. Second,
uninvited children may enter the property without
authorization. "Even if children don't live there," suggests Court, "there's a likelihood that there will be
children in the neighborhood. You like to think that
your front fence will keep people off your property,
but children have been known to hop fences. There
will be certain codes that state that the fence may not
be required in every application if your front fence is
high enough, etc., but from our perspective, you should
put up an isolation fence for every pool."
A pool fence system needs to completely surround the
pool, making it inaccessible except through the gate(s).
If the pool adjoins the house and there are windows
or doors that open into the pool area inside the fence
perimeter, the homeowner needs to consider compliant
ways to secure those doors and windows so children
can't access the pool that way. Some counties ban direct
access to a pool from the home, another reason you
should always check local codes.
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EDITOR’S NOTE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS | CHAPTER PRESIDENTS COMMITTEE
FENCELINES
IN MEMORIAM
FENCE PROFESSIONALS FLOCK TO PHOENIX FOR FENCETECH 2018
ON THE FENCE
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS
CANINE CRIBS
SAFETY IN PARADISE
AFA BESTOWS TOP HONORS AT FENCETECH 2018
VMA
WORKPLACE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
NEW MEMBERS
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
CALENDAR
CHAPTER NEWS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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