Bill ARS 36-1681: Requirements For A Pool Fence In Arizona

by Pool Builders on 10-31-2011 in Articles

Arizona is home to a significant number of residential swimming pools. In fact, the state has one of the highest concentrations of them in the US. Greater Phoenix alone has tens of thousands of them.

It's no wonder that pool safety is such a high priority in this state. The Arizona pool fence industry is a busy one because of this.

The ARS 36-1681 bill was enacted to help prevent drowning accidents. The bill requires homes with pools and children under the age of six to fully enclose the pool area with a fence.

It also lays out specific instructions regarding the construction of pool fences. Some of these requirements include:

* Fence must be at least five feet tall.

* Must have a self-closing, self-latching gate/entrance.

* Must not have any openings which allow the passage of any object that is greater than four inches in diameter.

* Must be at least 20 inches from water's edge.

Owners found to be in violation of this law can be fined. Accidents that occur due to violations of this law can result in severe penalties to the home owner. Adherence to the law is an important priority for home owners.

Having a pool fence is a smart idea even if a home does not have young children living in it. Fences protect children older than six who can't swim but know how to open a gate latch. They can also prevent neighborhood children from entering the yard and falling in.

Children are not the only victims of pool drowning. Child drownings are often high profile, but the media rarely mentions the number of pet deaths associated with residential backyard drownings. It's difficult to find hard statistics, but it's estimated that dozens and perhaps hundreds of pets drown in backyard pools each year in this state.

Besides meeting these strict guidelines of bill 36-1681, Arizona pool fence dealers have a number of other recommendations for home owners. These are not necessarily mandated by law, but will further ensure safety for humans and animals alike. Some of these include:

1) Using materials other than wood: Wooden fences provide adequate protection when new. However, wood deteriorates much more quickly than other materials, such as iron and glass.

More upkeep is required with wood to ensure that panels and boards are sturdy and cannot be broken or pushed in. Glass, iron and other metals have a much longer life and are less prone to being accidentally breached.

2) Security glass: A pool fence made of security glass contains a thin sheet of laminate between two layers of glass. It's constructed just like the windshield of vehicle, so that it doesn't shatter if broken.

Instead, the laminate film absorbs the impact of the blow and spreads it out evenly throughout the panel. This causes the glass to crack rather than break, preventing shards of glass from causing injury. It also keeps the panel relatively intact, preventing entry.

3) Iron guards: Guards or bars over glass panels add an extra barrier of protection to your pool fence. Iron bars need not look like jail bars, either. They can be fashioned into stylish, modern shapes and configurations.

They can even be made to match the home's window guards and doors. They can be aesthetically fashionable as well as strong and practical enough to ensure the safety of those around you.

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