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Lock Down a Safe Backyard: Swimming Pool Safety Fencing

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by Dave 1 Comment

Swimming pool safety should be one of the most important things homeowners think about when having a swimming pool built or buying a home where a swimming pool already exists, especially if there are kids in the family that live at that house or frequently visit. You can never be too cautious regardless of whether you think your kids are good swimmers or not.  A recent story of a toddler drowning in Bakersfield reminds all of us that safety comes first and how investing in swimming pool safety is a wise decision.

The article noted many strategies:

“One, is being water safe, having kids learn how to swim at least being safe in the water and have an exit strategy outside of the pool, and the No. 2 approach is safer response, meaning a responsible adult within the immediate area of the child swimming, and they know CPR, said Moore. The third step that Moore teaches parents is to put up a safety gate around their pools. In Abel’s case, there was no protective fence.”

Pool Fence Laws and Code Standards

Currently, there are no federal fence laws, but many states like California, Florida, and Arizona have laws and some counties in states with no laws also have some of their own local laws. In addition, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has developed a model barrier code for residential swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs, which has been approved by the American National Standards Institute. Some of the basic standards include the following:

  • The fence must be a minimum of 48″ tall.
  • The middle horizontal rail must be at least 45″ above the bottom horizontal rail so that it cannot be used as a ladder for climbing.
  • The spacing between pickets/slats must be less than four inches.
  •  The space between the bottom horizontal rail and the ground must be less than two inches.
  • Any gate must be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Any gate needs to open out (which means away from the pool area).

 Types of Swimming Pool Safety Fencing

Before going over the types of pool safety fences available, it is important to think about the type of yard you have and how fencing could be anchored to meet the aforementioned standards:

  • Some fencing needs a hard surface.
  • You want a fence that cannot be climbed.
  • You still want to maintain privacy.
  • You will have to think about how many points of entry could happen, including windows and doors that face out onto the swimming pool area.

Swimming pool fences come in a variety of materials:

  • Vinyl/PVC Fencing: PVC Vinyl Fencing is maintenance free and does not rust or become corroded.  It comes in a variety of designs to make it fit your backyard design while adding security and privacy. 
  • Removable Mesh: Removable mesh pool fence is designed specifically to provide a safety barrier around residential swimming pools for toddlers and young children. The pool fence is installed in sections to provide convenience for easy removal and reinstallation. Holes are drilled into a concrete deck or other substantial surface so that the mesh sections can be inserted and removed when not needed.
  • Chain Link: Chain Link Fencing is economical and durable and does the job of keeping out children and pets from the swimming pool area. However, it is not necessarily the most attractive design approach for your yard and does not offer much privacy.
  • Wood: Wood fencing is economic and private as well as secure, but it does need considerably more maintenance to maintain.
  • Aluminum: Aluminum fences are easy to maintain and is widely available as a mid-range option. There are minimal maintenance issues with a high level of durability and security.
  • Wrought Iron: Wrought Iron Fencing can be customized and provides a nice design touch to the backyard space while offering high security. However, it is not easily removed once it has been installed.

We’re Here to Help!

We can offer you a wide range of recommendations for your yard, design preferences, and budget. In Los Angeles County, having a security fence is a must to be able to receive sign-off on your swimming pool construction permits. It is also something that just makes sense because you can never skimp on the safety and security of your loved ones. Contact us today so we can get you covered.

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One Response

  1. Michael D. says:

    Pool safety is still a major concern because of drowning incidents which kept increasing over the years. A few people would say that pool fencing will not completely eliminate the hazards of pool related accidents. Yes they don’t, but they undeniably bring down the possibilities of drowning due to lack of supervision to the lowest degrees. And along with the other safety devices and gadgets available, safety fencing is still an important installation for every pool.

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