If you own a pool, close the pool gate or you face a large fine.

In Frederick, if you own a pool and don’t close the gate surrounding the pool, you are subject to a $2500 fine. This is probably due to drowning deaths of toddlers.

 152-3. Gates.


All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching, with latches placed at least four (4) feet above the ground. It shall be unlawful for any such gate to be allowed to remain unfastened while the pool is not in use. Fences shall be constructed so as to come within two (2) inches of the ground at the bottom.

 152-5. Violations and penalties.

Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a maximum fine of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.) or by imprisonment for not more than twelve (12) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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