by Rob Cox, July 16, 2011
Pool Safety: Barriers for Swimming Pools
How accessible is your swimming pool? Are your gates self-closing and self-latching? Looks like the gate in the picture to the left is not. This small wood fence shown is also rather climbable, and may not meet code in many jurisdictions.
One of the best Layers of Protection around your pool is a good barrier. Barriers can be a fence, with visibility through the fence to the pool, from the house. Many pool designers will also use walls, shrubbery and deck levels to create barriers to access.
It's important to limit the points of access to a pool - and all points of access should be visible from as many other areas as possible.
A good pool barrier will keep small children (under that age of 5) from gaining access either through, under or over the barrier.
Pool Fences and Wall Barriers:
Shrubs & Hedges:
Every pool needs a fence, to protect it's owner from unauthorized and unsafe use. Above ground pools, especially portable pools, can be dangerous without proper fencing. Smaller play pools are particularly dangerous, and their soft sides can allow toddlers to "roll" into the pool. Even small drainage and retention ponds can pose a hazard, consider a small wrought iron fence, if there's any chance of small children ever being in the area.
Take some time this week to check your fence and gates this week to maintain the safety of your pool barriers.
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