Can I install a pet/doggy door to a pool screen enclosure/cage area?

Sunday, August 8, 2021

A pet door at your pool screen enclosure, either from the house or to the yard, is not compliant with Florida pool safety standards if the screen cage is the only child-safety barrier provided. "Children regularly drown in backyard pools which they were able to access through pet doors," according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The CPSC also notes that pet doors are often overlooked by adults concerned about child safety around their pool.

   When another type of pool safety system is used—such as a pool fence encircling the pool, a pool cover, or a swimming pool alarm that meets ASTM Standard F2208—then a pet door is acceptable. But still not a good idea if there are small children around the house. To learn more, go to our article What are the pool safety barrier requirements for Florida?

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