A child safety pool fence will help prevent injury and accidental drowning death by providing a barrier to keep children out of your salt water pool while unsupervised. It is estimated that fences could prevent over seventy percent of pool drowning accidents for children five years and younger if used by every swimming pool owner.
A backyard pool is easily accessible for children especially from an adjacent residence because it's only a matter of going out the back door. As children become curious and wander they can easily end up in the pool area if a fence isn't preventing them. It's important to keep in mind that a high percentage of accidents occur when parents felt they were providing adequate supervision for their children.
Pool safety fences are available in a variety of designs and materials ranging from sturdy mesh to reinforced steel. There are a few features that need to be considered as well as several minimums that need to be met in order to satisfy local by-laws. The final decision should be made using your own judgment and what your unique needs are.
The most convenient child safety pool fence features sections that can be attached and removed if your fence is conducive to being used on a temporary basis. The fence post housings are installed permanently into the pool deck concrete. This method requires one-time installation with a hammer drill and masonry bit.
Below we have listed the essentials as well as some options to create a safe swimming environment.
Regulations and laws pertaining to a child safety pool fence vary depending on your location so be sure to check with your local state or provincial by-laws for up to date requirements.
A fence is just one layer when considering safety of your overall swimming pool safety. Adult supervision should always be present when children are using your pool. Other safety options include swimming pool alarms, a pool door alarm or gate alarm, safety pool cover, or motion sensor lighting.
Solar post lighting is a great addition for safety pool fences. Attaching a solar light makes your fence visible at nighttime and allows better vision if you use, or plan to use, your pool at night. Many affordable options are available beyond using a child safety pool fence.
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