Have you installed a swimming
pool safety fence or are you going to employ full time lifeguards to
supervise your children in the pool this summer?
Think of how many kids
converge on your home when the weather heats up and how easy it is
to court danger and consider the level of peace of mind you want for
yourself and your family. A swimming pool safety fence is the only
What could possibly go wrong?
Without a swimming pool safety fence, you leave yourself wide open
for a list of realities that you could face. Drowning is the second
highest cause of accidental injury-related deaths in children aged
fourteen or younger. In the few seconds it takes to turn hamburgers
on the barbecue or dash inside for more cold drinks, a child can
die. You may or may not hear a splash, but even if you do, it could
possibly be too late.
All water activities should be placed behind your swimming pool
safety fence. Spas, Jacuzzis, wading pools and buckets are best kept
out of harm's way.
Homeowners' liability insurance protects you from the legal
ramifications of an accident, but a swimming pool safety fence will
protect everyone who is invited to your home from becoming a victim
Is a fence enough?
Perhaps; perhaps not. It depends on the layout of your yard, the
accessibility of the yard from inside the house, whether there are
rocks, tables or chairs that can be climbed on to facilitate entry
over the fence, and any number of other elements. A swimming pool
safety fence should be at
least five feet high, and should not be climbable. No opening should
be more than four inches wide, so that children cannot squeeze
through. Audible alarms can be installed so that you will hear if
someone is entering through the gate. The closures on self-closing
and self-latching gates and doors around the pool must be situated
beyond a child's reach and all gates should open outward. You can
even install pool safety covers for added protection. Having a phone
connected near the pool is another way of ensuring help is never far
away. You might also like to erect a sign displaying CPR techniques,
and point it out to all who use the pool.
When all's said and done, a swimming pool safety fence is the best
physical protection you can provide against child drowning, but
adequate supervision is also a must. As a swimming pool owner, it is
your responsibility to provide a safe, healthy environment for your
own family and for people who come into contact with the pool. Be
vigilant for everyone's sake.