POOL SAFETY FENCING AND NETS
POOL SAFETY FENCING AND NETS prevent injury and accidental drowning deaths every year in North America. It is estimated that they could prevent over 70% of pool drowning incidents for children 5 years and younger if used by every swimming pool owner.
Adequate and proper swimming pool fences prevent young children from entering the pool area. A backyard pool is easily accessible to children from an adjacent residence and even while supervised, children tend to be curious and wander. A high percentage of accidents occur when parents felt they were providing adequate supervision.
Safety pool fences are available in a variety of designs and materials, ranging from glass structures 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.
Requirements for Safety Pool Fences
Four-sided fencing that completely encloses the swimming pool area. This includes fencing between the owners’ residence and the pool.
A minimum fence height of 1.2 m (4 ft). Some municipalities require a minimum
of 1.5 m (5 ft.)
A structure designed to prevent and inhibit children from climbing on or over. It should be checked to make sure that no openings exceeding 4 inches in diameter are present either due to aging or improper construction.
Utilize a self-latching and self-closing latch system. The latching system should be a minimum of 48 inches above ground level. Magnetic latches are also available with a resistance strong enough to keep a small child out. This should not replace a lock but merely acts as a resistance for small children.
Includes all types of pools (in-ground, above-ground, portable, inflatable and hydro-massage pools, hot tubs and spas as well as decorative ponds). These all pose equally high risks of drowning or injury to young children. A child can drown in as little as 2 inches (5 cm) of water.
Fence structure must be a minimum of 1.5 m (5ft.) away from any object that could help a small child climb over. Some examples are; a BBQ, tree, rock, or shrub.
Regulations and laws vary depending on your location so be sure to check with your local state or provincial by-laws for up to date requirements. We will be happy to help you decide which POOL SAFETY FENCING AND NETS is right for you. A fence is just one layer when considering safety of your swimming pool. 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.