Safety is one of the most important aspects of owning a pool; there are regulations on top of even more regulations. Every single aspect, starting from its depth to the dimensions of its fencing and surrounding barriers have specific measurements that owners need to follow to the letter or else face penalties. Fortunately, we’ve read up on everything we need to do regarding toeing the line to ensure that people enjoy their pools to the fullest.
This blog will be all about the regulations that govern one of the most vulnerable parts of the pool fence or barrier – the doors. Unlike the rest of the walls, which contractors can build to be as solid as they want, there are necessary gaps when it comes to the installation of doors. These gaps can sometimes become weak points in the protective structure of the barrier.
If the gaps between the door and the rest of the barrier are too wide, children can use them as hand and foot holds to climb over the barrier. There’s also the possibility that children would find a way to work the latch keeping the door closed. The door itself can pose a threat to a child’s well-being as its sidings can close on their outstretched fingers as it closes.
Pool Door Basics
This is the reason all gates and doors must swing away from the pool as children can use their weight to push doors inwards. Gates also require an automatic self-closing device so that it doesn’t require manual force to return to its original closed position. This rule makes allocations for the possibility that parents won’t always be able to ensure that the doors are securely closed when they leave the pool. It also gives parents the assurance they need that the pool is always off limits to children and their pets.
If you want to learn more about the regulations that govern how pools are built and maintained in your area contact us today. We can also give you advice on the design and selection of materials that best suits the aesthetic value and functionality of the pool in relation to the rest of the property.