Maryland Pool Fence Laws: Do I need a Pool Fence?

It is almost any homeowners dream: an in-ground pool. They may be a lot of work, but as any homeowner with a pool will tell you, come summer, the work is well worth it. However, you undoubtedly have a few questions. How much will an in-ground pool cost? Will a pool increase my property value? Do I need a Pool Fence?

While the fencing experts at Freedom Fence & Home cannot address the first two questions, we can help you understand the Maryland Pool Fence Laws.

  1. In-Ground Pools: According to the International Residential Code or the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Guidelines for Swimming Pool Barriers,” a safety barrier or pool fence must be installed around any pool or constructed body of water that is more than 24 inches deep. The pool fence must measure at least 48 inches tall with pickets spaced no more than 1 3/4 inches apart. Furthermore, any gates must swing outward and have a self-closing and safety locking mechanism.
  2. Above Ground Pools: Any above ground pool taller than 48 inches with a detachable ladder does not require a pool fence or other barrier. If the pool is shorter than 48 inches, pool fencing is required.

Each city, town, or county in Maryland has the power to adopt its own Pool Fence Laws, so it is best to check with your local jurisdiction before installing your fence. For instance, Prince George’s County requires pool fences be at least 6 feet tall and Montgomery County requires pool fences be at least 5 feet tall.

Even if pool fences are not required by law in your area, they are still well worth the investment. Did you know that an estimated 300 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission? Just think of how many of these deaths could have been prevented with a pool fence.

Freedom Fence & Home: Your Source for Maryland Pool Fences

Freedom Fence & Home is a Maryland based specializing in the construction of high quality fences and decks. Our fencing experts are available to answer any questions you may have and help you select the right materials and designs for your pool fence.

We proudly serve Baltimore, Harford and surrounding counties.

If you have any questions Maryland Pool Fence Laws, please contact Freedom Fence and Home by calling 443-271-6841 or visit our website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


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