A properly kept pool in the backyard is a great feature in just about any home, offering a fairly easy way to stay cool on a hot summer afternoon and providing some special occasions to the family overall. However, it is known that swimming pools, unless well secured by a pool fence, can also pose a security hazard, which is why there is a growing demand for pool safety all over the country. A portion of this is with respect to pool fences, being fueled by legal requirements, whereas an integral part of the demand is mainly driven by the awareness of pool owners and their desire to feel safe and protect their loved ones.
A pool area fence enhances pool security for children and domestic pets.
A pool fence is not child or pet proof, but it possesses a level of protection for a child or pet when there is adult supervision. Pool area fences give parents additional time to stop a child before the unforeseen can occur. A child can get over a pool barrier if the hurdle is too low or if the barrier has handholds or footholds to use when climbing. The U.S. Consumer Merchandise Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests pool fences should be a minimum of 4 feet high, and fencing 5 feet or higher as preferable. If you are purchasing a pool fence, be certain to include a self-closing, self-latching, lockable pool gate for added convenience and basic safety.