A swimming pool in your own backyard provides hours of fun and entertainment for your family. But keeping your children and pets safe and protected from accidental drowning is vital. Swimming pool fences that completely surround the swimming pool and prevent access to the pool are key to providing this security.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children 1 - 14 years old. So it makes sense that a safety pool fence is required by law in many parts of the US since it prevents children and pets from gaining access to your pool. But even if it isn't required in your area, it is still a necessity to surround your pool with one. A pool fence will protect your liability and help you to sleep better at night knowing that your family is protected.
Pets are another reason to have a pool fence barrier installed. Even pets that can swim may not be able to find their way out of the pool once they are in it. And many pool owners prefer keeping pets out of the pool to keep it clean.
When choosing a pool fence, there are important factors to keep in mind. There are different types of swimming pool fences available. These include metal, mesh, wood and plastic. Metal is reliable, but it can block the view of your pool. Wood fences are attractive, but they may need to be painted or repaired every few years. Plastic fences are more likely to split and break than wood or metal. Mesh fences are removable and quite popular. And although they are lightweight, removable mesh pool safety fences are sturdy and strong to provide the secure barrier you need. They are also more transparent than other fences. This provides clearer views of your pool and landscaping.
Height of your pool fence is another important consideration. Your fence should be at least 4 feet tall to prevent children from climbing over and pets from jumping over.
Pool gates are also important. Be sure to choose a self-closing, self-latching gate that is key lockable so that children cannot open the gate to get to the pool. Also, make sure that the release mechanism is located on the pool side of the gate.
To ensure you have a safe and reliable pool fence barrier, have a licensed and insured professional pool fence installer put up your fence. Professional installers have the knowledge and experience to ensure you end up with a strong and safe barrier that will prevent your child or pet from accidental drowning.
Why take chances? Protect your children and pets with a swimming pool safety fence. You will sleep much better at night knowing that your family is safe and secure.
Robert Caruso, author, general contractor, property manager, & swimming pool safety fence installer in the San Diego and North County, CA area.
Advises on the construction process and home maintenance, making homes a safer place for children and pets.
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