Published on May 13th, 2016 | by Brooks Hitchcock0
Pool Fence Safety: What to Know
While swimming pools offer wonderful exercise and recreation options, they can be a serious safety hazard, especially for unaccompanied young children. Pool fences are one of the most essential safety measures that you can install. They will minimize the risk of children tripping, falling or gaining unsupervised access to your swimming pool.
A swimming pool fence is not only an essential safety measure for homeowners with children; it has proved to be an important safety measure for homeowners who do not have children, but who often entertain guests with children at their home. A swimming pool fence will have a positive effect on the resale value of your home as well.
Many states require that you install fences around your swimming pool. Not following these laws can lead to hefty fines.
“Many different types of swimming pool fencing options are available for homeowners,” said Jim Sweet of Vinyl Fence Wholesaler. “Some of the more elaborate and complex swimming fences require professional installation, while many smaller and simpler fences can be installed by homeowners themselves.”
The important thing to keep in mind is that whether you choose a low-cost fence or a complex and expensive fence, it should be tall enough to prevent children from climbing over it and gaining access to your pool. A fence height of at least four feet or higher will adequately restrict access for most young children.
Although a swimming pool fence provides an essential safety measure for your swimming pool, it is recommended to install additional measures to further enhance the safety of your swimming pool. These measures might include installing self-closing and self-latching gates in your pool fence, installing gate alarms and additional pool alarms such as underwater or surface wave alarms. These alarms will alert you if your pool is being used.