The safety of our own children and all children visiting home swimming pools must be a primary concern for all home pool owners. During the summer of 2018, according to the USA Swimming Foundation, at least 148 children under age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas.
As many children lose their life from drowning, these figures do not include the thousands per year that are brought to emergency rooms due to swimming pool accidents.
Due to the statistics showing the high rate of drowning deaths, almost all states and towns have made it mandatory for fences to be installed around swimming pools. The requirement has become part of the local town permit building requirement. Homeowners will not get a final swimming pool installation permit approval until a fence is installed and meets the guidelines such as the appropriate height requirement.
Child swimming pool safety fences are essential and no home should be without one. Here we discuss several types of pool fences, the material, features, cost and how they can protect all children from the possibilities of drowning.
Vinyl Pool Fence / PVC
Vinyl comes in a wide array of designs, colors and spacing options. They are manufactured to resist water, humidity and many chemicals. Most are reinforced with steel for added strength.
Mesh Pool Fence
These pool fences are customizable, removable and the preferred choice for many homeowners. Typically they are made with steel with a polyester mesh. Mesh pool fences are rust free, puncture resistant and quite strong. The chain links are tiny which makes it climb resistant for both children and pets.
Aluminum Pool Fence
Aluminum pool fences are simple and extremely durable withstanding harsh weather conditions. They are easy to install, are the most cost-effective requiring no extra maintenance and the best choice for the long term.
Glass Pool Fence
These fences are simple and durable. They can be framed, semi-framed or un-framed. The views of the landscape around the pool are unobstructed. If built high enough they will be climb resistant. For an added touch the glass can be mixed with natural products such as marble, graphite or stone to bring out a bit of color and elegance.
Wood fences have been the favorite for many homeowners going back over 350 years. They are durable with a traditional look and can provide a maximum amount of privacy. There are a wide variety of designs, colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from. On the downside they do need to be maintained either painted or stained periodically.
Wrought Iron Fence
Wrought Iron is known for its antique, elegant and classic style. They are stately, and durable lasting for many years. Because of their strength, they are known for their security purposes. Though they will last for many years they will develop rust in damp and harsh climates. This usually happens from a chip or scratch. It can be easily fixed with sandpaper and applying paint. The cost can be expensive and the installation can be labor intensive. Wrought iron fences need to be designed and installed so children cannot climb up on them.
Let’s give all children maximum protection to ensure their safety around the swimming pool. Here are the CPSC guidelines including child pool safety fence specifications and recommendations.
We hope we have provided you with a few tips to help you decide which swimming pool safety fences may be best for you. If you are looking for a reputable pool builder contact Skovish Pools and Spas. We are premier PA pool builders with 2 locations, one in Luzerne, PA and the other in Shickshinny, PA. We can install a new pool, renovate your existing, add additional features and so much more.