Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children under the age of five in California. Even though an association's pool may have originally been built without fencing, it needs to be installed. Each county may have specific pool fence requirements, but all residential pools are required to have pool fencing. Fences need to be 5 ft tall with gaps between fence slats of 4″ or less, gaps of 2″ or less under the fence. Gates must be self-closing and self-latching. (See Swimming Pool Safety Act.)
: Associations should have their pools inspected for proper fencing, gates and signage. All safety requirements must be complied with and a written record of the inspection should be kept on file.
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