Safety is a big concern when it comes to young children and infants, and this concern is never more pressing than when it involves water safety around pools and spas. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission several hundred children die each year from accidental drownings in pools and spas and thousands are hospitalized after falling into pools. This highlights the high need for safety standards and methods to keep kids safe around the family pool.
According to an article by Home Guides, The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has set recommendations and guidelines for water safety. These standards state that pool fences should be a minimum of 48 inches high in order to keep small children from being able to climb over the fence. Likewise, there are guidelines for the placing of the gate on the ground and the bottom of the fence must not be more than 4 inches above grade to keep small kids from squeezing under the gate and getting into the water. These are the very basic requirements and are a great place to start when looking at child safety and pool gates.
For further safety and protection, consider these other factors and points as you set up your pool gates. Spacing for your gates needs to be carefully maintained and the distance between vertical gaps, boards, posts or other parts of the gate should be no more than 4 inches so kids cannot gaining a foot hold, and the space between horizontal parts must be a minimum of 45 inches apart for the same reason. If the spacing of the horizontal boards is less than 45 inches, they need to be placed on the pool side of the fence so kids cannot use them like ladder rungs to climb over the fence easily. Maximum openings for a fence that is lattice style needs to be no more than 1 3/4 inches. Keeping these points in mind will help ensure your fence and gate are just that- a barrier to keep kids away from the pool, rather than a ladder to climb to the pool.
Children are without a doubt our most precious gift and it takes the work and attention of everyone to keep them safe. When it comes to pool safety, anyone who has a pool or spa needs to take steps to ensure children cannot gain unsupervised access to the water!