Swimming pool fencing is important for a number of reasons. First, it prevents unauthorized access to the area. Next, the fencing can prevent accidental access. Small children can easily fall into a swimming pool if they are playing near it and no one knows they are there. There are many tragic examples of these types of accidents. Another benefit of fencing is privacy. A fence with proper height will make you swimming pool area comfortable and private. You can lessen the risk of accidents and intrusions by implementing the correct kind of fencing.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published non-mandatory guidelines for safety barriers for home swimming pools. Some localities have implemented these guidelines as part of their building codes. You should check your local laws to make sure your swimming pool fence is compliance with any regulations.
The CPSC recommends that the barrier should be 48 inches above the grade. The grade should be a maximum of four inches from the ground. Openings in the fencing should be less than four inches. There are many more detailed recommendations on the CPSC site for different types of fences such as chain link fences or fences with made with posts. Many people choose to construct higher fences than those recommended by the CPSC for privacy reasons. Home owner’s association regulations may affect the size and type of fence you can build so check these carefully.
The lock on the fence is critical. Building a sturdy fence won’t help protect your swimming pool if you do not have an adequate lock. The CPSC recommends that these locks be at least 54 inches high on swinging gates. There are additional recommendations for other types of gates. A locked gate provides superior protection. Use a combination lock or a key lock to protect your swimming pool. If your lock has a key, be sure to store the key in a secure place so that no one can gain access without your permission.
If you have an above-ground swimming pool, there are different recommendations that affect the types of barriers you should construct. Consult the CPSC and your local legal regulations to ensure that your swimming pool is as safe as possible.
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