When summertime comes around and the heat is unbearable, there is nothing better than cooling off and having fun in the backyard with your very own pool. Additionally enjoyable, outdoor hot tubs are great for those chilly afternoons or nights when the pool just isn’t the answer. While these outdoor household additions come with the promise of fun and delight, there is also a serious aspect to owning a pool or hot tub under the Connecticut State Building Code that cannot be overlooked.
Sticking to the Code
In the state of Connecticut, it is illegal to have a pool or hot tub without a pool code compliant fence. Chapter 4 section 421.0 of the Connecticut State Building Code states that, “An outdoor private swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa shall be provided with a barrier”, and it goes on to state the requirements for which the barrier, or fence, would need to meet. It is important to check with your local building department for specific codes in your town.
More Benefits to Fencing around Your Pool
Besides it being a law to have a of pool code compliant fence around your pool or hot tub, there are also some benefits which are great to keep in mind. For starters, a fence around your pool or hot tub will decrease the possibility of a small child or animal falling into the water, potentially leading to injury or even drowning. Additionally, it reduces or eliminates your liability if someone were to trespass and then drown on your property. It is always best to prepare for such instances as soon as possible to prevent potential disasters that could occur at any time.
Get What You Want
Just because there are specific guidelines for the fencing surrounding your pool, it doesn’t mean that your fence can’t look great. At Riverside Fence we’ll be happy to work with you to find the style and look that you want while making sure to meet the requirements for your town. With tons of options and possibilities, together we can find the ideal fence to compliment your yard and make it safer at the same time.