Massachusetts enjoys one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country, with Cape Cod being incredibly popular for tourists and seafood! When more tourists start to come out to Massachusetts in the summer, one of the best ways that residents can enjoy themselves is to go swimming in their residential pools. Yet as residents of the state of Massachusetts, it’s also important to review the laws surrounding private pools and make any amendments to your private pool if you need to.
When you go to public swimming pools, you can often see signs around the perimeter, and those are mandatory by the state. However, there are no mandatory laws regarding signage for private pools. There are laws regarding fencing for private pools, and Massachusetts takes most of their law from the International Residential Code.
The definition of swimming pools includes pools that are in-ground, above-ground, and at-ground, as well as hot tubs or spas. For fencing around the pool, it needs to be at least 4 feet above ground, with only 2 inches of space left at the bottom between the ground and the bottom of the fence. If the fence is solid, there cannot be any protrusions, and if the fence has openings (like in a chain-linked fence) there are specific requirements for how big the spacing can be. The gate that goes through the fence needs to be self-closing and self-latching.
Also, if one of the walls of the home serves as a side of the fence, either an alarm needs to be installed on the door that leads to the outside, or a pool cover needs to be placed over the swimming pool. Lastly, if the swimming pool is above-ground then you need to make sure that you place the ladder away or it is locked when not in use.
State laws can often be amended locally, so make sure that you check with your municipality if there’s anything you’re missing. One thing that isn’t mandatory but is incredibly useful, is having a pool safety net installed. We strongly believe that we are one of the best manufacturers when it comes to pool safety nets. We have decades of experience in the business, and can guarantee that your child will stay safe in case they fall into the pool, as the tension of the net will hold them tightly until help comes. No child has ever drowned in a pool protected by a correctly installed Katchakid safety net. Our pool nets are reliable and durable, even in the most extreme weather conditions in Massachusetts..
Enjoy your time swimming as much as possible, and remember to keep informed about local and Massachusetts state laws so that you can enjoy your private pool as much as possible. When it comes to pool safety, contact us today to learn more about our safety nets, pool fences and covers.