Swimming Pool Fencing Facts
It is your responsibility to verify whether a specific product meets safety barrier guidelines for swimming pool fence. Although we may specify what products meet these standards, it is never absolute and must be verified prior to ordering and installing your new aluminum fence. Failure to do so could result in your aluminum fence failing to meet standards therefore requiring you to remove and re order a new fence, or even worse an injury could result. American Fence Systems Inc. will not be responsible for any damages in either case and recommends that the following procedure be completed in order to avoid any loses.
1) We encourage for you to first visit the Consumer Product Safety Commissions web site and print a copy of the Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools. This will provide you with a general ideal of how your pool fence must be constructed and also installed. https://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/pool.pdf
2) Print a detailed copy of the specific aluminum pool fence style and height you’re most interested in purchasing and submit this detailed drawing to your local township for approval. Please note that while we may specify that a product meets swimming pool codes, this is in most cases and does not apply 100% of the time.
3) Please make certain that there are no structures on the security side of your fence that someone may use as a ladder to climb over the fence. As a general rule, you must stay 4’ away from a structure (pool equipment, air conditioning unit, adjacent fence, etc) that if someone were to climb onto would reduce the height of the fence below your local township requirement. Installing a 6’high fence next to a 3’high air conditioning unit will fail upon final inspection.
4) It is also possible for an aluminum fence design to meet safety standards and still fail at final inspection because of the installation. You must carefully pre-qualify your aluminum fence contractor to make certain that they are knowledgeable in pool fence installations. Please review the installation instructions provided within the safety barrier guidelines and also speak with your town official prior to installing your new aluminum fence.