It’s an all too familiar news story: a child wanders into a pool area and drowns with a parent or caregiver just feet away. Someone crosses a neighbor’s yard in the night and slips and falls into the pool, drowning as a result.
These types of accidents are especially tragic because of how avoidable pool accidents are with proper safety fencing. If your pool is fenced in, it’s safer for you, your family and everyone else.
Pool Safety Fences
Pool fencing comes in many types. Mesh wire fencing surrounds the pool with mesh wire panels, but some pool owners find mesh fencing inconvenient to use and unattractive. Chain-link and wrought iron fences are economical and sturdy but may not present much visual appeal, giving the pool a “prison” appearance in smaller yards.
Glass fences are attractive to visitors and may make a small yard appear larger. Glass safety fences have become more popular over the last few years because the materials don’t interfere with the yard’s appearance and are often more stylish than traditional mesh or plain iron fences.
Fencing, unlike a swimming pool enclosure, is usually removable. If you live in an area with periods of rough weather, such as snow, you’ll want to use fencing you can easily remove during bad weather so you can protect the fencing from damage.
Proper Installation and Features
All pool safety fences, no matter what the type, must be properly installed with the features and spacing necessary for safety. Children should not be able to climb over, under, through or around the fencing, so the fencing you select should be too tall for a child to climb over and too dense for the child to get through fence post spaces.
Fencing should be sturdy and installed deep enough into the ground so a person can’t pull up a section by applying force. Common fencing gates are either self-latching or have a manual lock or padlock. All persons who will be using your pool should know how to open and close the gate correctly.
Some areas have laws requiring safety fencing around a pool. If you live in an area with a pool fencing safety regulation and fail to comply, you may face fines and penalties. You may face a lawsuit if a person has an accident in your pool if you didn’t have safety fencing installed.
When you’re looking for safety facing, consider your needs and budget. Have the fencing professional-installed if you’re uncomfortable with doing it yourself.
Fencemakers specialize in pool fencing that will look great and help keep your pool area safe. They also offer a complete range of fences including aluminium fence, gates, steel fencing, security fencing and much more.