According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, there are over 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the USA. According to the CDC on average 3,536 people died each year between 2005 and 2014.
Statistics like these highlight the need for pool safety. Of the many options that can reduce pool drownings, pool fencing is a passive option. A passive safety option means that once it’s installed, it’s designed to function unmonitored.
The decision not to install pool fencing also has potential legal implications.
Although we need to install safety fencing, we don’t want our house to look like a prison yard.
Let’s consider how we can combine safety and style for our pool fencing:
Considering The Safety Of Friends And Family
One of the main purposes of pool safety fencing is to restrict access and stop people drowning.
Because young children are specifically vulnerable specialized pool fencing is designed with them in mind.
CDC statistics bear out these risks:
- For children between 1 and 4 years of age, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death.
- In the USA children younger than 5 years of age account for 76% of drowning deaths.
Young children can sometimes seem like escape artists and the pool can act like a magnet for them.
Whether you enjoy a barbeque with just your family or you have friends round, you want to avoid tragedies.
Some of us have pets which we class as fur babies or members of the family. Restricting our pets from reaching the pool can also be seen as family protection.
Considering The Safety Of Others
In today’s litigious society we may need to consider the safety of others even the uninvited.
The main way to avoid negligence claims is to take all possible precautions. Installing safety fencing is one of the main options for pool safety.
Warning signage is a legal requirement for pools in most states. There is a balancing act between making them visible and their aesthetic value. Just because the signs are visible from the pool doesn’t mean that they need to be visible from your house.
- Natural Vegetation
Planting hedges around a pool can be a stylish natural way to disguise a stark metal fence. Although the hedge may not meet legal barrier requirements, it can provide an extra physical barrier.
A metal safety fence is usually a minimum of four feet high. You don’t need your hedge to be much higher for them to blend together. A hedge will need more maintenance but minimizing the height will avoid blocking valuable sunlight.
Glass fencing is seen as a stylish and modern option to pool fencing. Unlike fences constructed from pickets and rail, there are no worries that a child will squeeze through a gap in the fence.
There are options available with visible holders or no visible posts.
A glass fence can be almost invisible and as such, it can blend in with any existing surrounding. Glass can also provide some creative options such as curved corners.
- Ornamental Iron Fencing
If you already have ornamental iron fencing installed around your property, installing a matching pool safety fence makes sense. By having a continuous theme of the same type of fencing around your property it makes the safety fence less obtrusive.
Making The Decision About Pool Fence
When installing your safety fencing you must consider its functionality but that doesn’t mean it needs to be ugly.
There may be certain legal requirements to consider when determining the construction of your fence but your style decisions are personal.
With all of the options available it can be confusing, consult a professional now for a free quote.
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