Pool Fence Laws and Codes in Alabama

Private Swimming Pools:

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Recommends:  Never allow children to swim without adult supervision.  When supervising children, do not engage in distracting behaviors, such as talking or reading. Watch and listen continuously.  Four-sided isolation fencing at least five feet high and equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates should be installed around pools and spas to prevent access.  Never leave toys that may attract young children in or around a pool.      Children should be enrolled in swimming lessons by age eight.  Children should always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) when boating or are in or near open bodies of water.  Rafts, water wings, inner tubes and other air-filled swimming aids and toys are not safety devices and will not protect children from drowning.      Educate children about the rules of water safety.

Public Swimming Pools:

The Public swimming pools in Alabama must be in compliance with the VGB Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act Signed by the U.S. President Bush on December 2007, the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SSAct) has been in effect since December 19, 2008. This code is designed to prevent swimming pool accidents.  The VGB Act established U.S. CPSC standards for pool and spa insurance. Under the law, every drain cover must meet ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 in all public pools and spas. The water facilities which have only one main drain different than an unblockable drain must establish a 2nd device to contend for entrapments.  The fabrication, the trade or retail of drain covers which are not in conformity with the safety measures required by the CPSC is prohibited in USA to ensure that all drain covers accessible in the marketplace are compliant with safety specifications.  Each public pool must set up anti-entrapment drain covers and implement other levels of security such as SVRS or barriers.

A pool contractor should verify that the pool and/or spa is compliant with the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

Please note that legislators are constantly updating the pool safety codes and that this information can change without notice.  Please contact your local state or federal agencies for the most up to date information.   To receive a free estimate for a swimming pool fence in your area, please contact Aquaguard Pool Fences.