CHILD SAFETY POOL FENCE KNOXVILLE TN
WHAT ARE THE POOL CODES?
New codes rules are put in to effect as the need arises. Most communities will adopt a nationally recognized residential building codes book such as IRC (International Residential Code Book) or BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators Book). The reason many communities adopt the existing code book is for limited resources to develop their own set of building codes. The official codes book is normally revised and reissued every so many years as needed for current updates. Most community commissions will adopt a newer code book update every few years as shown in public records. Check below for the most current code adoption diagram.
Is county commission limited to the codes book that they adopt and record? NO! The individual communities are required by law to meet these MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. However, they may exceed the minimums and require their own add ons. Even Knox County Commission may add addendum’s to the code requirements as they become aware of a specific requirement in between adoption of the latest code release dates.
For example, Knoxville (inside of Knox County) requires a 5′ high perimeter fence and gate around residential fencing (whereas Knox County adopted code requires only 4′ height). Any community may add more stringent requirements as adopted and recorded in commission meetings. For example, new requirements for door alarms from house entry to pool areas, motion detectors for water disturbance over 25 pounds, safety filter covers to stop children from hair getting caught underwater. All these are newer safety regulations for the protection of children. Instead of waiting for the newest codes book release and adoption commission will adopt now.
Check with your local codes administration office for complete updated pool codes fencing requirements.
Pool code approved fencing is only ONE PART of pool safety strategy.
CHILD SAFETY POOL FENCE KNOXVILLE TN – GATES
Children watch adults, adults enter the pool area thru the gates, thus gates are a PRIMARY point of interest in protecting children from pool entry. Government statistics show that drownings and near drownings of small children are those living at the residence or visiting. Codes enforcement is there to protect your children
Pool code gates are to be a minimum of 48″ high, cannot allow a 4″ sphere to pass thru between pickets, gates to open outward, away from the pool area, self closing and self latching, and the latch mechanism is 54″ above outside grade!