Your hot tub or pool should be protected from unqualified persons. Although it may seem paradoxical, every hot tub and pool should have a barrier to prevent unqualified or unauthorized persons from accessing your hot tub. These barriers and gates can be life-saving devices that you install at your home. We will be covering the following topics in this article:

  • Gates and Barriers: What are they?
  • Barrier Guidelines
  • Guidelines for Gates
  • Code Considerations

Gates and Barriers: What are they?

Drowning is a serious problem, to be honest. These statistics from the CDC about drowning are quite shocking.

  • Between 2005 and 2014, the United States saw an average of 3,536 unintentional drownings (non boating-related) per year. About ten deaths per hour.
  • 1 Children 14 years and younger are at highest risk of drowning. 1
  • 3,4

Eliminating drowning risks requires a complex solution that includes education, design, mitigation and most people reading this article have control over mainly one of those elements: mitigation.

A majority of the US’s state and local codes require that all public and semi-public swimming pools have a barrier and gate. These barriers and gates are great ways to reduce the risk of drowning. However, they must be installed according to the accepted design guidelines. What are the guidelines? Let’s find out!

(Before we start though, I want you to know that this information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used for legal advice. You are legally responsible for providing adequate protection for your tenants, guests, residents and guests by adhering to all local codes, laws, and regulations. )

Guidelines for Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools

All public and semi-public pools are required to have a gate installed to block unauthorized/unqualified people from gaining access to the pool. You can check the following items to ensure your gate conforms to Colorado State requirements. These requirements are generally universal in the US.

  • Gate must be self-closing
  • Gate must be self-latching
  • Latch should not be lower than 54 inches above the ground
  • The ADA-Approved Entrance is required
  • The latch locking system should not be blocked
  • When closing the gate, it should be secured
  • When the pool is closed, the gate must be locked.

Barrier Guidelines for Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools

All public and semi-public pools are required to have a barrier installed to block unauthorized/unqualified people from gaining access to the pool or hot tub. You can check the following items to make sure your gate conforms to Colorado State requirements. These requirements are generally universal in the US.

  • Commercial fencing must be at least 60 inches high
  • Barred fencing should not have more than 4 inches between the bars. This is to stop anyone from getting in between the bars.
  • Chain link fencing with diamonds must not contain diamonds greater than 1 1/4 inches in width
  • Concrete fencing must be constructed so that there is no way for someone to climb over it.

To ensure the safety of your children and pets, ensure there is no separation between the ground and the fence’s bottom.

  • Soft Ground Surfaces (Grass, etc. Ensure that there is not more than 2 inches of separation between the ground and the bottom of your fence.
  • Solid Ground Surfaces (Concrete, etc. Ensure that there is no separation of more than 4 inches between the ground and the fence’s bottom.

Residential Fencing Requirements 

Pool Training Academy is primarily focused on the commercial hot tub and swimming pool industry. This article focuses on commercial requirements. We recommend the following resources for homeowners and pool professionals who work in residential markets:

Get CPO(r), Certified Today to Prevent Drownings 

Swimming pool safety is a complicated job that requires specialized knowledge. It takes more training to safely manage and maintain an aquatic facility than you can see on YouTube or read about in this article. There are many options available to you to learn more about keeping your swimmers safe. CPO classes with Pool Training Academy are one of the options. CPO(r), or Certified Pool Operator, is the best way to become an expert in your pool. This certification is required in many states to operate a spa or pool. Pool Training Academy is the number one provider of CPO(r), and our classes are designed to be engaging, fun, and relevant to your specific needs. To sign up for the next class or to complete an online coursee, click here. You will learn everything you need in order to make your pool as great as possible.

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