As a home and swimming pool owner it is important that you feel your family and friends are as safe in your yard as they are in your home.  The pool is an extension of your home and yard.  It is important to create a safe environment around the pool that fits in with the natural flow of your home and landscape.  This can easily be accomplished with the installation of an aluminum fence around your pool area.

There are important requirements that need to be met in order to meet the standards set forth by the Building Officials and Code Administration, B.O.C.A. for short when installing aluminum fencing around your pool area.  Homeowners also need to research local regulations that are in place as well as any special rules within their H.O.A.  Some H.O.A.’s have rules and regulations in place regulating the material or color of fencing used.  It is crucial to install an aluminum fence that adheres to all of the requirements set in place while also maintain visual appeal.

There are several key elements that must be met in order for an aluminum fence to comply with B.O.C.A. pool safety standards.  The aluminum fence that is chosen should be at least forty eight inches tall.  If the fence style that is selected has a mid-rail it must be at least forty five inches above the bottom rail.  To accomplish this some styles of aluminum fence need to be taller than the forty eight inches in order to meet the B.O.C.A. regulations.

In purchasing aluminum fence panels to meet pool safety standards you must look for a style in which the pickets of the fence are less than four inches apart.  The space between the bottom rail and the ground must also be less than four inches.  Perhaps one of the most important requirements of all has to do with the aluminum pool gate that is used to enter and exit the pool area.  In order to meet the B.O.C.A. requirements the aluminum pool gate must be self-closing and self-latching.  When the gate is installed it is required to open away from the pool area.  As you are entering the pool the gate will open towards you.  As you exit the pool the gate will open out.  The latch on the gate must be at least fifty four inches off the ground.

All of the regulations put on pool fencing are in place to prevent accidents that can occur when swimming pools are accessed when they should not be.

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