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Q

In Orange County, if you have a screened pool and alarms on exiting doors, do you have to have a child safety fence around pool?

A

The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires Florida homeowners that all outdoor swimming pools must have a 4-foot fence or other barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool, with no gaps in coverage. The barrier must also be sufficiently away from the pool’s edge so a child who penetrates the barrier or fence does not immediately fall into the pool. Entry through the barrier and to the pool must open outward and have a self-closing and self-locking device that is beyond a child’s reach.

However, pools that are located indoors or within a screened in area are not required to have a fence or other barrier if all windows and doors that provide access to the pool have a wired safety alarm, or have a self-closing, self- latching device 54 inches or more above the ground.
For more info on other requirements for private swimming pools, please call your city’s building department. We hope that this answer provides you some basic understanding of the law in this area and wish you the best of luck in this situation.

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