Choosing a fence for your pool is one of the most important things that you can do after the pool is installed. In some jurisdictions, having a fence around your pool is actually mandatory. You can get in trouble with the law if you don’t decide to put a proper fence in place that’s made of properly secure materials and constructed high enough.
The reason for this is because many animals can end up in the pool and drown as a result. The same is true of children. This is the case for other people’s children certainly, but it can also be the case even with your own.
Young children especially don’t always listen when you tell them to never try going into the pool without an adult around. The statistics on the matter are clear. A large percentage of drowning cases in the United States happen even when parents are at home, and even when there are people around who might technically be able to watch them.
The fact of the matter though, is that it takes only a handful of minutes for a child to drown. Perhaps even less than this, depending. This means that the only thing keeping a child from meeting their end in your pool, is the fence that you install around it.
The key is to make sure it’s not easy to break into the fence, so flimsier wooden options are usually not an especially good idea. Usually, it’s a good idea to add fences that are completely covering the pool, including all the way around and over. Many screen fences in areas like Florida tend to be like this, for example.
Lacking that, it’s a good idea to have some sort of strong metal fence that stretches at least high enough for adults not to be able to just easily climb over. Structuring the fence so that there’s no footholds on the outside is often usually a wise decision.
It could be important to have a professional go around the fence as well, in order to make sure that there aren’t any possible places where people could make their way into the fence. Remember, it only takes one potential gap or weak part in the fence for someone to be able to make their way through and end up in the pool. And you may often be liable for any damage they suffer as a result depending on your location, not to mention that many people would feel terrible that this occurred anyway.
Having a secure pool fence will give you peace of mind.