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Barriers

Discussion in 'Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs' started by Keystone, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. HForester

    HForester Member

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    Yes, kids can be devious about circumventing barriers. If we really wanted to stop them, then the code would require ten foot high chain link fence (1 3/4 inch across diamond) or solid walls with concertina wire at the top and bottom. But we live in a society that accepts some level of risk. The code's requirements reflect the culmination of many discussions among a variety of parties, each having their own agendas. The folks wanting to achieve zero child drownings want higher and impossible-to-climb fences with more sophisticated latching and closing mechanisms. The building owners don't want unsightly and costly fences on the property. In the end, the decision makers make a decision that tries to balance all concerns. This is what is in the code. It is not perfect (as the previous photos show) but it does provide for some control and a fairly low level of risk. This is a free country so if people don't think it is good enough, speak up and do something about it.
     
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  2. Builder Bob

    Builder Bob Sawhorse

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    Somewhere parental responsibility and a reasonable attempt at limiting access to your pool on your property by people trespassing onto private property is all that should be required by code........ A good old fashion butt whooping would limit the kids abilities to "hop" the fence or climbing on top of a fence to get impaled upon..... to which the guardians are quick to blame others for their failure to provide proper guidance.

    IMHO right and wrong is taught at an early age 2-5, after that guidance is all that a parent can give until the kid is about 13 ...... from that point on, they are on auto pilot and parents that try to step in and act as parents at this time, waited 12 to 13 years to late to be a "parent".

    Sorry, off my soapbox.
     
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  3. HForester

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    I agree, parental responsibility is the biggest issue. "...reasonable attempt at limiting access to your pool on your property by people trespassing onto private property is all that should be required by code." True but that language is hard to enforce with consistency. This is why the code attempts to quantify what is expected.
     
  4. JBI

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    Bottom line is that the Codes are minimum standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
    M I N I M U M standards...
     

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