A backyard swimming pool can be a fun place to relax on a hot summer day, but it can be dangerous for young children. Kids can be tempted to climb into a swimming pool when adults are not around. Every year, children die from drowning in swimming pools.
New York Law on Pool Enclosures
In New York, the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code sets out requirements about barriers around backyard swimming pools. The purpose of the Code is to make pools inaccessible to children and prevent injuries and deaths. The requirements are meant to prevent a child from climbing over, crawling under, or fitting through a barrier or from opening a gate.
The Uniform Code defines a “swimming pool” as any structure intended for swimming, diving, recreational bathing, or wading that is capable of containing more than 24 inches of water, even if it actually does not contain that much water. It applies to in-ground, above-ground, and on-ground pools; indoor pools; spas; hot tubs; and wading pools.
The law in New York requires an outdoor residential pool to be completely surrounded by a barrier that obstructs access. This may be a fence, wall, building wall, or a combination of these elements. The barrier has to be at least 4 feet high. The space between the ground and the bottom of the barrier cannot be more than 2 inches. Any opening must not be large enough to allow a 4-inch-diameter sphere to pass through.
Access gates must be self-closing and self-latching. The latch handle must be located on the pool side of the enclosure at least 40 inches above grade. If the latch handle is less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate, it must be at least 3 inches below the top of the gate. The gate must be locked with a key, combination, or other child-proof lock.
These are the requirements set by the State of New York. Local building codes may be stricter. Before you install a pool in your backyard, you should also check your local laws to see if there are additional requirements.
A Glass Fence Can Protect Your Children
If you live in New York and are thinking about installing a pool in your backyard, a frameless glass fence can help you comply with building codes. US Glass Fence installs fences that are 48 inches high with a maximum gap of 2 inches at the bottom. We leave a gap of 2 inches between panels.
A frameless glass fence can protect your children from drowning by making a pool inaccessible. This is a simple solution that could save a child’s life.
If you want to install a pool in your yard, contact US Glass Fence today to get an estimate for a frameless glass fence to keep your children safe.