Owning a swimming pool can be a lot of fun however, it also can be a huge responsibility. In ground swimming pools are a backyard luxury that creates a vibe like no other. It is a great attraction when entertaining, for relaxation, and is beneficial for those of us seeking a fun way to exercise. Although we all think of the enjoyment a pool will bring, it is important that we also recognize the associated dangers and work to prevent them.
Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death in young children. The installation of a swimming pool fence and self-closing, self-latching gate are critical in preventing access to the area without adult supervision. Having a fence installed around the perimeter of your pool helps to keep your family and pets from getting into the water when you are not around. Having these layers of protection in place can decrease the risks involved with owning a swimming pool.
There are two main types of fencing that people talk about when discussing pool fencing, permanent and removable. For most homeowners permanent fencing is a better choice. Removable fencing is an option many seniors without children or grandchildren choose as it is easily put in place when visitors stop by but doesn’t need to be present at all times. Removable fencing is often seen around swimming pools that are enclosed by a screened in porch. Permanent fencing is a must for homes where children and pets are present. This ensures that the fence is always in place and doesn’t leave room for error. We are all guilty of turning our backs when we think our children are safely occupied. It takes one second for a tragedy that is completely avoidable to occur.
When it comes to permanent fencing for your pool area, metal fencing is often chosen. Although wrought iron and steel were once popular options, aluminum pool fencing has taken over in popularity. Not only is aluminum swimming pool fence highly durable, it is affordable, easy to install, lightweight, and practically maintenance free. It not only comes in several colors for pool owners to choose from but also a variety of styles as well as having customizable features that are easily integrated. Aluminum pool fence is a great choice for homeowners looking for fencing that meets B.O.C.A. pool safety standards. Specifically, aluminum pool fencing comes with matching aluminum pool gates that have integrated self-closing, self-latching hardware which is required in order to meet safety regulations.
When purchasing an aluminum fence for the perimeter of your pool it is important to research the specific safety regulations in place by your local government as well as your HOA if you are part of one. Most laws specify that perimeter pool fencing must be at least four feet in height. There are also regulations in regard to the placement of pickets so that the fence that is in place is unable to be scaled. Kids can be quite creative when they are going after something they want. The goal of the fence is to prevent that. If you know you have a curious kid, it may be in your best interest to purchase aluminum fence panels that are taller than the recommended 4 feet.
As previously mentioned, having an aluminum gate is not enough when it comes to pool safety. Gates must include hardware that automatically locks upon closing with hardware in place that allows the fence to close without manual intervention. Again, you know your children the best. If you think they have figured out how to use the mechanisms on the fence it is time to add additional safety measures. Safety is all about the layers of protection we add.
To ensure your backyard swimming pool is both entertaining and safe install an aluminum swimming pool fence while you are having the pool is bring installed. There are so many affordable styles, colors, and options that will ensure your backyard oasis is aesthetically pleasing secure!