A pool fence is one of the most important safety features a pool owner must have.  It prevents young children and non-swimmers from accidentally drowning while in your yard.  Most states have guidelines informing homeowners of the specifications of fencing around pools.  Following these guidelines helps pool owners to avoid costly fines and deadly accidents.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that about 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year.  Many more are hospitalized due to near-drowning incidents.  These accidents prompted the CPSC to develop pool barrier guidelines that are used throughout the country.  They advise that the best way to reduce the chance of a child drowning in residential pools is for homeowners to install and maintain fences that will prevent children from having access to unattended pools.

There are a variety of fences that can be used around a pool.  Homeowners must decide what kind of material they prefer as well as choose a design and height that appeals to them.  It is important to keep in mind that the pool fence you choose should serve as a barrier to keep outsiders from going through, over, or under the fence to gain access to your pool.

No matter what kind of fence you decide to install, remember that the easiest way for people to access your yard is through the gate.  If you have a pool, it is imperative that you use a locking device on your gate at all times.  A self-closing and a self-latching gate is the best choice because there is a smaller chance that it will be left open accidentally.  For maximum security, consider installing the latch near the top of the gate where small children will be unable to reach.

The requirements discussed here are basic guidelines that should be used to improve the safety of residential pools.  Local governments may have specific ordinances that need to be followed.  A professional fence builder should be familiar with local regulations and requirements in your area.

The fence professionals at Diversified Fences in Greensboro offer a variety of pool fence options to residences in High Point, Kernersville, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas of NC.  The customer service experts at Diversified will guide pool owners toward a fence that will meet all local guidelines and regulations.  Call (336) 510-5561 today for a free quote.