Alaska Pool Fence Laws

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Residential Swimming Pools


According to State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, in Alaska and in the United States, the leading manner of death among children, regardless of age or sex, is unintentional injury. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury for children age 1-14. With over one-half of all child mortality attributable to unintentional injury, the majority of deaths to Alaskan children could be prevented.

How to avoid that ?

  • Never let children to swim without adult watch.
  • When monitoring children, do not engage in a distracting demeanor, 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 expect access.
  • Never leave floating toys that may appeal young children in or around a pool.
  • Children should be inscribed in swimming lessons by age eight.
  • Rafts, water wings, inner tubes and other air-filled swimming aids and toys are not safety devices and will not protect children from drowning.
  • Teach water safety rules.

Public Swimming Pools


The Public swimming pools in Alaska must be VGB Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act compliant.

Signed by the U.S. President Bush on December 2007, the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) is in force since the December 19, 2008. This rule is planned to foreclose swimming pools jeopardies. The perils of pools like body entrapments or disembowelments are more often invisible and deadly.

The VGB Act set U.S. CPSC criteria for pool and spa safety. Under the act, every drain covers must fit ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 in all public swimming pools and Spas. The water installations which have a single main drain different than an unblockable drain must establish a 2nd device to fight out entrapments.

The manufacturing, the trade or retail of drain covers which are not in compliance with the security standards required by the CPSC is prohibited in USA to ensure that all drain covers purchasable in the market place are conformable with safety specifications.

Each public pools must establish anti-entrapment drain covers and enforce other levels of security such as safety vacuum release systems or enclosure.

A mandated contractor should control that the pool and / or spa are 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.