Surround Your Pool with Safety with the Proper Pool Fence
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that nearly 400 children younger than the age of 15 die due to drowning in a pool annually. Many locations now require fencing around an apartment complex pool. The key to reducing this number is to know what kind of fence you need around your pool, and to focus on quality and safety, not budget. Learn about pool fencing options and the best fence for your complex.
Some Fence Facts
The Washington State Education department performed a study comparing fence types. They compared fences that enclose the entire property (a perimeter fence) with a fence just around the immediate pool (an isolation fence). They found the isolation fence prevented more children and pets from entering the pool area. The perimeter fence allowed too many ways to get into the yard and eventually to the pool. The isolation fence typically has one entry point into the pool area.
They also stated that the chain-link type of fence was very easy for children to climb on and over. This is a common fence material used in residential areas because it provides a barrier and high visibility. Fences made with ornamental iron bars are more difficult to climb, but do block the view, and can be quite expensive.
Guardian Pool Fence uses a mesh fabric, which withstands breaking, tearing, climbing and pet claws. It doesn’t provide toe or hand holds that would help a child climb over it. While the material provides a barrier, it won’t block the view of the pool.
The Gate as the Weak Link
The gate leading into the pool also needs to prevent children and pets from entering unattended. The gate can be the most dangerous part of the fence if it is accidentally left open or can be climbed over. Again, the chain-link fence gate is a rigid structure but can easily be climbed over.
The gate that accompanies the Guardian Pool mesh fence is also mesh. It has no rigid bar at the top or any place for little hands and feet to scale it. This gate also has a self-closing and self-latching mechanism. Those times when the older kids forget to close and latch the gate behind them when leaving the pool no longer puts the younger children at risk. With the gate closed and latched, they can’t get into the pool.
Apartment owners may have installed dog doors to allow their pets easy access to the yard. A pool fence gate standing open is an invitation to any animal that wanders by. Their risk of injury also decreases with a self-closing gate.
Safe Yet Flexible
A chain-link or wrought iron pool fence is a permanent structure. Remodeling or construction work may mean tearing down part of the fence. The mesh fabric fence gives you the option of making it permanent or removable.
The poles that hold the mesh fence are set into holes drilled into the tile or concrete of an in-ground pool, or into the wooden deck of an above-ground pool. A sleeve holds the pole in place. Using a screwdriver, the poles and the fence can be removed and stored elsewhere. Where construction is done and damage could happen to the pool fence, it can be taken down and put back up when the construction is done. In areas where winter weather requires closing the pool, the fence can also be taken down until next spring — as long as a rigid cover is placed on the pool, so no one is at risk of tumbling in.