The shimmering water and the splashing fun is an intriguing and exciting environment for toddlers to investigate more closely. Taking the necessary precautions can save many lives, such as taking basic swimming lessons, closer supervision of children, and wearing life-jackets.
The United States does not require people with pools to install a pool fence or barrier. Instead, pool barriers are regulated at the state and local level, but there are no standard requirements. However, depending on where you live, insurance companies may require it, while offering discounts because of its installation.
According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is among the top causes of accidental death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. Swimming pools are the most common areas where children under age 5 drown. For people with pools without some form of barrier to keep young children safe, is one of the top factors linked to toddler drownings.
When a baby pool fence is erected to help guard your pool and to help prevent toddler drownings, there are recommendations to be considered, which includes the following:
- pool fence should be 4 ft. tall or higher so that children can’t climb over it, which includes the exclusion of any handholds or footholds.
- a pool fence gate should open outwardly away from the pool area.
- pool fence should completely enclose the entire pool area.
- pool fence should be self-closing and self-latching.
- the material can be made from a variety of materials, including the popular high quality transparent mesh fence options.
Pool fence standards are governed by the international American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) organization. ASTM is the global standard by which products are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Pool fence manufacturers should carry the ASTM International safety standards.
Pool owners are not stuck with the original color of black for the fence poles, borders and material, like mesh. Coloring is now a customized feature, with colors that consists of brown, beige, green, grey, and mill.