Pool regulations in Las Vegas (and all of Southern Nevada) are mandated by The Southern Nevada Amendments To The 2018 International Swimming Pool And Spa Code. The regulations are designed to create a safer environment for backyard pools. Accidental drownings are one of the leading causes of death and are largely preventable. Following the regulations set forth to keep people safe is the first step to being a responsible pool owner. You need to follow all applicable codes for pool safety in your municipality at all times.
The codes used to regulate pool safety were designed by a team of international builders. Their goal was to help pool owners keep their pool safe as well as fun. At the center of these pool safety regulations are pool covers and safety fences. These barriers are proven to be the most effective way to prevent accidental drownings. The pool fences we offer all meet the standards set forth by the 2018 ISPSC and the Southern Nevada Amendments.
Safety Pool Fences
A 48-inch tall pool fence is sufficient in most cases. There are some municipalities that require a fence to be 60-inches in height. It is important to check with your local municipality regarding which codes and fence heights need to be followed. When mesh fencing is used, the fabric must be resistant to climbing with holes smaller than 1 ¾ inch. The mesh pool safety fences we provide meet all the Nevada pool safety requirements.
In addition to these regulations, the 2018 ISPSC also states that:
- Openings between the ground and fence bottom cannot exceed 2 inches
- The outside surface must be free from protrusions or other features that can be used as footholds.
- Horizontal cross supports are to be no more than 1 inch above the ground.
- Fabric, or mesh, used must not be lifted over 4 inches from the ground
- Chain link fencing can be used but openings are not to exceed 1 ¾ inch in any dimension.
- Welded Wire fencing may also be used but any spacing between vertical wires must not exceed 1 ¾ inch.
Pool safety fences also need to have gates, and the gates must also follow regulations. A pool gate must be at least 60 inches off the ground and must open away from the pool. The gate also needs to be self-closing and self-latching. The self-latching device has to be at least 60 inches off the ground.
Pool Safety Covers
Pool safety covers are not included in Nevada swimming pool regulations. They are an option that is recommended in certain circumstances. In addition to a safety fence, a pool cover can provide an additional layer of protection. Any pool safety cover that is used must be compliant with standard ASTM F1346, proving that it has been tested and approved.
You may have already invested in a pool safety cover, but the additional layer of protection you get with a fence is essential.