- Never allow young children to be left alone in and around the pool for a moment. Make sure an adult is always present.
- Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier.
- Don't allow children to play in the pool/spa area unsupervised/unattended.
- Don't rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or any other equipment to make a child "water safe."
- The area adjacent to the outside of the fence must be free of objects which may aid children in climbing over the fence. These include items such as chairs, tables, tree branches, etc.
The Town of Prescott Valley wishes to remind citizens that all swimming pools must meet the minimum Town Code requirements regarding swimming pool safety. Below are some facts and guidelines:
- The Town of Prescott Valley Zoning Ordinance defines a swimming pool as a body of water that contains water eighteen (18) inches or more in depth at any point and that is wider than eight (8) feet at any point and is intended for swimming.
- A permit is required for construction of a swimming pool. Swimming pools must be located in the side or rear yard of a property. There shall be a minimum distance of at least 10 feet between any property line and the water's edge. The wall, fence, or barrier around the pool shall be at least 20 inches from the water's edge.
- Town Code, Section 13-21-100 requires that all swimming pools be enclosed by a solid wall or fence not less than five (5) feet in height and shall be constructed to make the swimming pool inaccessible to small children; said fence shall have a self closing and latching gate with a latch that is at least fifty four (54) inches above the ground, and all gates shall open outward from the pool. Additionally, there must be a fence between the home and the pool, or you must install self-closing doors and windows along the pool side of your home.
- The wall, fence, or barrier around the pool shall not contain openings, handholds, or footholds accessible from the exterior side of the enclosure that can be used to climb the wall, fence, or barrier.
- The wall, fence, or barrier must be constructed of materials that prevent easy access to the pool area such as: wire-woven mesh or chain link with a maximum opening size of 1 3/4 inches; masonry, woof, wrought iron with intermediate rails spaced to prevent a 4 inch sphere from passing through.
- Barriers such as self closing doors and windows may be used for separation from the house to the pool area if the yard area is fenced to prevent outside entry per Town Code.
- Other barriers such as motorized safety pool covers or above ground pools with locking or removable ladders are not an acceptable form of barrier.
Other bodies of water such as jacuzzis or spas (that are less than eight (8) feet in width), fish ponds, fountains, or ditches do not have to be fenced if they are not used for swimming, are not wider than eight (8) feet at any point, and are less than 18 inches deep.