Swimming pools offer a great source of relaxation, exercise, and fun in the sun with friends and family—particularly on hot Arizona days. However, they also pose a significant risk to children and pets who may wander into the pool area unsupervised. Therefore, fully enclosing the pool area with proper fences and gates is a crucial step in ensuring pool safety. In recognition of the importance of pool barriers, many states have enacted laws that mandate the installation of pool fences and gates (and impose specific stipulations, such as fence height) in an effort to prevent accidental drownings.
If you own a pool in Arizona, you may be wondering whether the state requires pool fencing. The answer is yes, if children under the age of six live in the home. In this case, § 36-1681 of the Arizona Revised Statutes applies, outlining specific requirements for pool fences and gates. While it’s also important to remember that counties and cities within Arizona may impose more stringent requirements on pool fencing, here is an overview of what you need to know about § 36-1681:
The section states that its requirements apply to swimming pools, as well as other bodies of water where the water is 18 inches or more in depth at any point, wider than eight feet at any point, and intended for swimming. This encompasses in-ground pools, above-ground pools, portable pools, and most hot tubs or spas. However, an exception applies for hot tubs/spas that have a safety cover that complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
Swimming pools and other bodies of water as defined above must be completely enclosed by a wall, fence, or other barrier that:
Pool gates covered by § 36-1681 must meet the following stipulations:
In this situation, the fencing requirements described above may be substituted with one of the following:
Unless one of the exceptions listed in § 36-1681 applies (for instance, all occupants of the home are over the age of six, or the pool was constructed prior to the effective date of the law), these are not mere recommendations—they are legally enforceable. The ADHS has the authority to issue fines and penalties of up to $1,000 per violation to pool owners who fail to comply with the regulations. Additionally, non-compliant pool owners may be required to take corrective action, which can be costly and time-consuming.
While securing the pool area with sturdy and reliable pool fences and gates is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of drowning, there are other crucial safety steps to keep in mind. For example:
At Arizona Pool Fence, our mission is to help homeowners prevent drowning and keep kids safe around the water. As your one-stop-shop for pool safety, we offer an extensive selection of pool fences, gates, pool coverings and other products designed to restrict access to the pool, while keeping your property beautiful. We are knowledgeable about state law governing pool safety, as well as local ordinances around the greater Phoenix area. Contact us today to request an estimate!