Lately, pool owners have been investing in safety/security technology that makes home swimming pools much safer for children. This starts outside the pool. The best way to prevent injuries is to control pool access with gate doors. Gates that lead into pool or spa areas should be equipped with an automatically locking latch and closer, at least 5 feet tall. The latch must automatically lock the gate when it closes, and should be placed as high on the gate as possible, to prevent any children or smart animals from opening it.
The state of Arizona requires these gates to be at least 54 inches high, and be self closing as well as self latching. Locksmiths should understand the basic requirements for installing gate mechanisms since there’s no window for mistakes when lives are at stake.