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Did you know that Mecklenburg County has a pool ordinance requiring a barrier around residential pools? New North Carolina law now requires a barrier for more types of pools, if you have a pool with more than two feet of water you may need a barrier.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of childhood injury related deaths nationwide. Mecklenburg Safe Kids have joined forces to educate residents on the local ordinance requiring a minimum of safety to be addressed through the use of a pool barrier (fence) in an effort to protect area children from tragedy.
Find information and resources below to assist homeowners in complying with the ordinance for area children and non-swimmer's safety, as well as information on other layers of protection that may be added if small children reside in the home.
Layers of protection begin with compliance to the current residential pool requirement of a protective enclosure. Mecklenburg County Health Ordinance, Rules governing residential pools require that:
"Residential swimming pools shall be protected by a fence, wall, building, or other enclosure, or any combination thereof, which completely encloses the swimming pool area."Residential Swimming Pool Ordinance.
Other layers of protection that can be added especially if the home itself has or is visited by small children include:
- Source: USA SAFE KIDS, CSPC
For additional injury prevention tips on this and other topics visitCarolinas Injury Prevention or
Safe Kids NC.
Mecklenburg County Residential Pool OrdinanceSwimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and...the 2006 North Carolina Residential Building Code
Informaccion de seguridad en espanolMore information on layers of protectionConsumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safety Booklet
Pool Safety For Parents and Caregivers
Consumer Product Safety Commission Website