How To Install A Pool Child Safety Fence

If you have a swimming pool, you'll need to protect your children by installing a safety fence around it, and you can do it yourself with these tips and instructions.

Swimming pools can provide fun and relaxation for you and your family, especially for your children. Unfortunately, though, young children can also drown in a backyard pool if they are not watched closely enough. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death to children under five." Drowning is a hazard that can happen when you and your family are swimming in your pool. But it can also happen if a young child falls into the pool when it's not in use.

In order to protect against this drowning hazard, you should install a childproof safety fence around the complete diameter of your swimming pool. There are several types of fence kits that you can purchase that will do the trick. But, before you being, be sure that you check with your local Codes and Permits department! You'll need to find out what the specific laws are in regards to fences built in backyards. You'll also need to know the laws about fences that are built around swimming pools.

Then, when you purchase your fence kit, make sure that it's childproof. For it to be safe, it needs to be at least four feet high. There should not be a distance of more than four inches between the bottom of the fence and the ground. Not only will young children be kept from crawling underneath, but four inches won't allow them to get their head or other body parts stuck underneath it.

Other considerations to keep in mind when you're choosing a fence to install around your swimming pool are: if the fence is made up of slats, the slats should be vertical instead of horizontal. Horizontal slats make it easy for a child to climb up and over the fence, no matter how tall it is.

And finally, the fence will also need to have a gate with a lock on it.

You'll also need to decide if you're going to enclose your backyard swimming pool by itself. This is the safest way to protect your family. Or, if it's close to your house, you may choose to install a fence that connects to your house at each end.

Note: Metal chain link fences are rugged and durable. However, their design can often allow children to get a toehold and a handhold in the fence, making it easy for them to climb it. Metal chain link fences are also difficult to install because they are heavy and difficult to handle.

To properly install the safety fence you've chosen, you should first read and follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you have chosen to install a wooden safety fence that comes in sections, you'll need to put in the posts first. Usually, the posts are placed into the ground at evenly spaced intervals. They are secured with a wet concrete mix. After the concrete has hardened, the posts provide a sturdy base for the wooden sections to be attached to. The sections are either nailed or screwed onto the wooden posts.

There are also fence kits that include posts that are made out of rugged PVC. These posts are attached to the concrete around your pool. Some kits use concrete anchors to attach the posts, while other swimming pool kits attach without putting holes into the concrete.

Then, the PVC fencing is unrolled, positioned, and attached to the posts with the hardware that the manufacturer includes with the kit.

A PVC fence is relatively easy to install. However, it's not as sturdy as a wooden fence. You may choose to purchase a pool alarm and install it for added protection.

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