Swimming Pool Rules, Regulations & Safety
Are you thinking of setting up a pool at your home this summer?
Although the use of swimming pools is a wonderful way to enjoy the summer, caution needs to be exercised to prevent unnecessary accidents.
The 2014 Alberta Building Code has specific safety requirements governing swimming pools and the placement of pools to protect you and neighboring children who may be tempted to use your pool without your knowledge.
Swimming pool design
Swimming pools can be above ground, below ground or special purpose types such as a Whirlpool (Hot Tub) or a swim spa.
Fence and gate design
The entire area of an outdoor swimming pool shall be protected by a fence, building wall or enclosure that can prevent access by unauthorized persons. Its height above the outside ground level shall not be less than 1.8 m (6’-0”) for a private swimming pool.
An opening for access through a fence around a private swimming pool shall be protected by a gate that is:
- the same height as the fence
- equipped with a self-closing device
- equipped with a self-latching device on the inside of the gate located not less than 1.5m (5’-0”) above the ground level
- capable of being locked
The fence and gate around a swimming pool or a private swimming pool shall be constructed so that all horizontal and diagonal members are located on the swimming pool side. The space between fencing members is limited to
100 mm (or 4”).