The state of Tennessee requires an enclosure around all pools, hot tubs and spas that are deeper than 24 inches. The enclosure can be either a deck or fence that is at least four feet high. To meet safety standards, the deck can’t be accessible from ground level and must have a locking gate that is four feet high.
A self-closing, self-latching gate is required on all residential pools. The latch or lock must be located at least 54 inches above ground level unless the latch is on the inside of the gate. Interior locks must be at least 3 feet away from the top of the gate. Additionally, the 18 inches of fence located on each side of the latch must not have any gaps or openings that are larger than 1/2 inch in diameter.
Above Ground Pool Enclosures
Above-ground pools don’t need to be fenced if the pool walls are at least four feet high, and if the pool has a removable ladder. If the above ground pool doesn’t have a removable ladder, a fence that meets standard requirements must be installed. When enclosing an above-ground pool with a deck, a four-inch gap is allowed between the top of the pool wall and the bottom of the deck.
Your pool fence must be difficult to climb to meet the current safety regulations in Tennessee. You can use a variety of materials to build the fence, provided the fence has the following features:
- The fence surface must be smooth and free of crevices or bumps that might make the fence easy to climb.
- The mesh on chain link fences can’t exceed 2.25 inches in diameter unless top or bottom slats are installed to reduce the mesh diameter to a maximum of 1.75 inches.
- Exterior fencing or deck materials must be less than 1.75 inches apart to create a solid barrier, and the gap between the ground and fence must not exceed two inches.
- Cut-outs and other decorative features on vertical surfaces cannot be larger than 1.75 inches in diameter, and other openings cannot exceed four inches in diameter.
- Horizontal features, such as wooden support beams, located on the outside of the fence must be at least 45 inches apart.
Choosing the right materials is an important step when building a pool fence. Chain link and wooden fences are popular options that are available in the required sizes and styles.
All pools that are accessible from the home must have an alarm installed on the access door. The alarm must sound for at least 30 seconds when the door opens and reset automatically. A temporary shut-off mechanism that is located at least 54 inches above floor level is also required.
The alarm may be tested during your final inspecting to ensure you can hear it from each room in the home. With a professional fence installation, you can be sure that your pool enclosure meets safety regulations.