Pool fences, also commonly known as pool safety fences, are one of the best ways to keep your swimming pool a fun and safe place to be. When properly used, the risk of pool accidents and drowning facilities decrease significantly. However, the keyword is properly used.
If you have yet to purchase a fence for your swimming pool, you will want to take the time to examine all of your buying options. You may be surprised just how many you have. For instance, you can choose from wood, metal, or mesh. As for what you do buy, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. These factors include your budget, as well as your yard theme, if you have one. For example, a wood fence may look right at home with a garden positioned nearby.
It is also important to note the buying options that you have, in terms of purchase locations. Remember that you don't have to buy your pool fence from the same place that you bought your swimming pool. Whether or not you are on a limited budget, you should still price compare to save money. You can purchase this important summer pool safety tool at most swimming pool stores and home improvement stores.
Returning to pool fences that provide the most protection, be sure to choose one with a gate that locks or latches. It is recommended that the lock or latch be up high and out of reach from small children. Some parents and pool owners wonder about key locks or combination locks. Yes, they will provide you with the most protection, but they may also slow you down in the event of an emergency, such as a child who climbs over your fence and falls in the pool.
Speaking of climbing over a fence, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this from happening. One of those steps is to purchase a fence that is at least four feet high. This height is difficult, if not impossible, for most children and even some adults to climb. Next, be sure to keep the area surrounding the fence free and clear. This means no chairs, ladders, or even toys. When a child or even an adult is determined to make it in your pool, these items can be used to help climb over a fence.
Another step that you can take involves installing an alarm on the gate. When the alarm is activated and the gate opens, it should sound. This will alert you and allow you to take the appropriate action. In keeping with alarms, pool alarms are also recommended, as they are a great safety tool to utilize. They sound when there is a disturbance in the water. With most alarms sounding within twenty seconds, a serious tragedy may be avoided.
As valuable as having a fence installed around your swimming pool is, the purpose is defeated if your gate is regularly left open. For many, it can be a hard habit to get into, but it is important that you try. Every time you enter or leave the pool area, be sure to close and latch the gate. Practice makes perfect.
It is also important to look at the installation process. For large inground pools, the installation can be a complicated and time consuming processes. If you opt for self-installation, be sure to closely follow all instructions provided to you. When in doubt, professional installation is recommended. In fact, look for pool fences where the installation costs are included in the purchase price.
As you can see, there are a number of ways that you can maximize this important pool safety tool. With that said, a swimming pool fence should not replace supervision. If you are a parent, always know where your children are. As previously stated, pool alarms are another great safety tool to utilize, as are safety covers.
(Download your FREE copy right now)