Monday, 17 April 2017 14:21

Swimming Pool Fence

Installing Pool Fencing

From Home Improvement Pages

When installing a swimming pool, most municipalities will require a fence around the pool.  Even if one's particular municipality doesn't strictly require them, fences are always a great layer of protection to ensure the safety of children and pets.  This post from Home Improvement Pages discusses the specifications of a proper, safe swimming pool fence, as well as some installation tips.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

When it comes to pool fencing, there is no such thing as too safe. In spite of regulations, too many children continue to drown in outdoor pools. Federal and state governments have tightened and expanded pool fencing regulations in an effort to reduce the number of these tragic accidents. To ensure compliance, pools must be registered with state authorities before they can be used.

Strict regulations were introduced in 1991 and have been continually updated over the years. The latest update (AS 1926.1-2012) was introduced in 2012. While older versions remain relevant, the latest update clarifies and expands upon earlier versions.

AS 1926 defines a swimming pool as any structure that is capable of containing water to a depth of 300mm or more. It does not make a distinction between portable plastic swimming pools for children, above ground pools or in ground pools.
Fencing Requirements and Regulations

Section Two of AS 1926.1-2012 goes into the details of pool fencing requirements and regulations. It begins by stating that a barrier "shall be designed and constructed so that it will restrict access by young children" and goes on to say that the barrier "shall be a permanent structure." It goes on to gives details about how the barrier must be designed. Some of the important points include:
The height of the barrier must be at least 1.2 metres above the outside ground level ("outside" being outside of the swimming pool enclosure).
The horizontal distance between vertical members must not be greater than 100mm.
The barrier must have a non-climbable zone (NCZ) of no less than 900mm in height and radius. This is to prevent children from being able to use a foothold to climb the fence.
Section 2.3.2 goes into details about "perforated" and mesh fencing materials:
Barriers with apertures (openings) not greater than 13mm shall be no less than 1.2 metres in height.
Barriers with openings between 13mm and 100mm shall be no less than 1.8 metres in height.
Openings greater than 100mm are not allowed regardless of the height of the fence.

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James Atlas

James Atlas, an 22-year veteran of the swimming pool industry, is the owner and co-principal of Platinum Poolcare Ltd., a residential swimming pool construction, renovation and maintenance company with service to several commercial aquatic properties including the Bulls, Bears and White Sox training facilities.

Platinum Poolcare Owner James Atlas came to the pool industry after three years of options trading after college, cashing in his chips to work with father Ronald Atlas, owner of Paragon Pools, a commercial pool construction and design company. An entrepreneur at heart, Atlas quickly started up an off–shoot company, Fountain Technologies, through which he designed and constructed water features for luxury residential and commercial properties.

When his brother took over that company, Atlas founded Pool Watch, a management company servicing recreational pools with lifeguard staffing, facility openings, closings and general maintenance. He sold Fountain Technologies and Pool Watch in 1994 and 1995.

Looking to broaden his skill set in the pool servicing industry, Atlas went back to his family pool business, working as a project estimator for multi-million-dollar waterparks, competition pools, high-rise pools, and other large-scale projects.

After a few years, Atlas began receiving consistent inquiries from residential property owners interested in pool construction and servicing. With his father’s blessing, Atlas took the reigns on those new accounts and formed a new company called Platinum Aquatech.

Again looking to go off on his own, Atlas teamed up with Terry Smith, owner of Poolcare Aquatech, another partner company with Ronald Atlas which focused on the service and maintenance. The two companies merged, with Terry and James owning a fifty-fifty share in 2007, effectively becoming Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.

Company Background

Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd., founded in 2007, and resulting from a merger of Platinum Aquatech, Ltd. (luxury swimming pool construction) and Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.(service, repairs, renovations of swimming pools and spas), specializes in all aspects of pool design, construction and renovation with added focus on specialty aquatic features such as waterfalls, lazy rivers, rock water applications, statuary and other luxury waterscape amenities. The company also provides installation and maintenance services for its customers.

Platinum Poolcare has raised the standards of excellence in residential and commercial pools, spa and waterscape design and construction. We have a combined half-century of experience in building, servicing, maintaining, and renovating award-winning and nationally-recognized gunite pools throughout the greater Chicago area and other Midwest states.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., the company’s headquarters spans 10,000 square-feet of warehouse and office space with 46 trucks, 130 employees during peak season, and one of the industry’s largest onsite replacement parts inventory for quick fixes.

Platinum Poolcare has repeatedly graced the cover of various industry magazines, and has earned hundreds of awards for its designs. The company belongs to the prestigious, invitation-only Aquatech Society for professional pool builders.

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