The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the fresh aroma of spring is in the air — pool season is almost here! Arizonans are fortunate to enjoy their pools earlier in the year than residents of most other states, but with the fun of an extended swimming season comes an increased need to be vigilant about safety.
The statistics reveal the importance of proper pool barriers: according to the CDC, drowning is the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S. Children aged fourteen and younger account for approximately one-fifth of drowning deaths, with many more children incurring injuries as a result of water submersion. Swimming pools are the site of many of these tragic accidents.
Fortunately, pool gates provide an effective defense mechanism against these avoidable incidents. Properly functioning pool gates can prevent unauthorized visitors, including children and pets, from entering the pool area and finding their way into the pool. In fact, pool gates are so important that Arizona law requires them. Specifically, residential pool areas must be enclosed with a gate that opens outward from the pool area and is self-closing and self-latching. Unless the gate is secured by a padlock or lock requiring a key or code, the latch must be a minimum of 54 inches above the ground and must be located on the pool side of the gate. Gates and latches should be checked regularly, particularly at the start of pool season, to ensure that they are in good repair. Local laws may be even more stringent than state law, so property owners must check the code requirements in their cities and counties for additional stipulations.
When selecting a gate that will keep the pool area safe and beautiful, wrought iron offers an ideal solution. Due to wrought iron’s high durability, it creates a formidable barrier that is resistant to damage and tampering. Of course, pool safety is everyone’s responsibility, and constant adult supervision is the most effective safeguard against pool-related accidents!
Wrought iron has a classic aesthetic and can be customized to suit the style of any property. Wrought iron pool gates from DCS Pool Barriers are expertly manufactured with the highest quality materials and are available in a variety of finishes and styles.
With over ten years of experience, the professionals at DCS Pool Barriers possess thorough knowledge of state and local laws and will ensure that all components of your gate are legally compliant and functioning properly. It’s time to get your pool area ready for months of enjoyment — call us today at 623.825.7700 for a free estimate!