A high-quality pool fence is an integral part of creating a safe space for swimming. Not every fence, however, meets the pool fence safety standards set by the B.O.C.A. code. Understanding the requirements put forth by B.O.C.A.  will help you successfully choose a fence that is both code compliant and attractive. 

What Is The B.O.C.A. Code?

B.O.C.A. stands for Building Officials and Code Administrators. This organization was formed in 1915, creating a forum where an exchange of building knowledge could be shared. In 1950, the group published its first set of building and safety codes. 

While B.O.C.A. has no legal power to enforce these codes, the majority of cities and states have adopted the codes, making them part of local building requirements. 

What Does B.O.C.A. Code Say About Pool Fences?

Pool fences were first included in building codes because each year thousands of children drown in preventable pool accidents. 

Today, the pool fence safety code states that each pool fence: 

  • Must be at least 4 ft (48 in) in height;
  • Should have no gaps greater than 4 inches;
  • Should not be easily climbable;
  • Should not have a gap of more than 2 inches between the ground and the bottom of the fence;
  • Must include self-locking gates that open outward, away from the pool, and are self-closing.

Every pool fence must be completely enclosed on all four sides. The only permissible change is if one wall of a building is used in place of fence panels. 

Is Aluminum A Good Choice For A Pool Fence? 

Yes, aluminum is an excellent choice for pool fences. When shopping for pool fences, it’s important to choose a material that is strong, durable, low maintenance, and can withstand exposure to water. 

Aluminum fits these requirements perfectly. Our fences are made from aluminum alloy, which greatly enhances the fence’s strength without weighing it down. It’s lightweight and easy to install without sacrificing strength! Pool fences made from aluminum can withstand sun, rain, snow, and ice. Since this material doesn’t absorb moisture, it won’t ever rot, even with daily contact with water. 

Easy-To-Install Aluminum Fences For Pools 

Are you a homeowner who is interested in installing your own fence? Then you’ve come to the right place! 

Our aluminum fence sections come with a full set of installation instructions. An average-sized pool fence can be installed in as little as 1-2 days with the right tools and manpower. 

Our team recommends having the following when installing a fence: 

  • String Line
  • Tape Measure
  • Power Drill with ⅛’’ Bit
  • Circular Saw with a Fine Tooth Blade
  • Vice Grip Wrench
  • Post Hole Digger and/or Auger
  • Shovel
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Safety Glasses

Concrete is recommended to set each post. 

Contact Us With Your Pool Fence Questions! 

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our aluminum fence kits, pool fence requirements, or installation. Contact us today at info@railingaluminum.com or call (610) 466-5482.