According to the Consumer Product and
Safety Commission, fencing and barriers around swimming pools
provide the extra safety to help prevent pool accidents, many of
which occur with younger children ages 5 and under. Pool fencing
also keeps pets and other wildlife from your swimming pool.
Always check with your local your local code enforcement or building
department to make sure you are meeting proper building and safety
codes before installing or protective barriers around your swimming
pool. In addition, obtain the proper permits before installing your
pool fencing or other barriers.
Swimming pool fencing should be tall enough to keep small children
from entering the pool area alone. If you are using wrought iron
fencing with bars, make sure
the bars are spaced close enough to where a child cannot squeeze
through. Pool fences should be kept in good condition and have locks
or latches high enough to
where they cannot be reached by small children. Gates should be
equipped with springs that enable them to shut automatically.
Avoid stacking objects next to the fence. Do not place patio
furniture, or building anything next to a swimming pool, that would
provide a child a way to climb over the fence or protective barrier.
Trim all tree branches that hang low enough for a child to use as a
tool to climb over the fence.
Some popular styles of swimming pool fencing include wood, aluminum,
wrought iron, and vinyl. Although, not as stylish as the previous
fences, chain-link fences are
often popular in their practicality. Some companies do offer chain
linking in different colors, such as green, black, and bronze. Some
people choose fencing that is more expensive for aesthetic purposes,
or have a brick or stone wall constructed around their swimming
pool. Whatever the material you chose, make sure that the height of
your fence is at lest 4 feet, has self-latching gates that small
children cannot open.
Many people are unaware that removable pool fences are also an
option. These fences are constructed of transparent mesh material,
or aluminum meshing mounted in a fiberglass, or aluminum framing
system. Most removable fences are sold in individual sections
that you buy to enclose your pool and some include gating. In order
to be effective, removable pool fences must be fastened securely to
the decking. You can secure the removable pool fences to the decking
through holes already drilled into the decking or with fasteners.
Removable pool fencing comes in a variety of colors, and is
available online through several Internet retailers.
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