Here’s a big question for homeowners: should you buy a pool net or a pool fence? The answer is: it depends. Obviously, at Life Saver Pool Fence, we’re heavy proponents of pool fences. However, our main concern is helping to keep children safer near the water. The truth is, both safety devices are quite effective. We simply want you to choose the right safety measure for your home and your budget. For this reason, we’re going to examine the differences between a mesh pool fence and a pool net.
What is a Pool Net?
Let’s start with a thorough look at the pool net. This is a relatively recent addition to the pool safety industry. When installed by a professional, the net should fit tightly across the top of the pool. It will resemble a big spider web. Of course, don’t take this to mean that it’ll be a huge eyesore. Quite the contrary, a pool net is also designed to be virtually “invisible” on your pool, however it’s still quite strong. When properly installed, it should be very difficult for a child or pet to access the pool.
Of course, this “web” doesn’t do much to prevent dirt or leaves from getting into your pool, but a pool net is fairly easy to remove and replace.
What is a Pool Fence?
We’ve described the value of removable pool fencing many times in this blog. A pool fence is one of the most commonly used methods of water safety. Life Saver’s pool fencing is built to remain sturdy enough to protect young children and pets from swimming accidents. Each pool fence is specially designed to sit at a 45-degree angle. It is also tall enough to deter curious kids from climbing over it. Additionally, our pool fences are removable at any time. A fence can be moved away from the pool whenever it is not needed.
When choosing a pool fence, it’s important to consider the mesh. This is the most important component of the product. If the mesh isn’t strong enough, a child can easily push right through it and fall into the pool. “Tension-based support” is a crucial term to look out for when you are shopping for a fence. If you’re interested in a more thorough examination of what to look for in a pool fence, check out this detailed blog post.
Layers of Protection
Depending on your budget and the size of your pool area, either one of these methods may work for you. Both a pool net and a pool fence are designed to provide a secure barrier around this potentially dangerous area of your yard. Of course, it’s foolish to rely on a single safety measure. Don’t put all of your eggs in a single basket, as they say. Beyond these layers of protection, here are some other measures you can take to avoid a potential water tragedy:
- Add high locks to all of the doors and windows that lead to the pool.
- Add alarms on the doors and windows that access the pool.
- Place an extra alarm inside the pool to warn if someone is in the water.
- An alarm, like the Safety Turtle can be worn on your child.
- Everyone should be properly trained. Swimming lessons should be given as early as you and your pediatrician feel comfortable doing so. Infant swim lessons start training babies to roll over and float earlier than you might think.
- Having CPR training can save a life.
Which is the Right Fit for Your Home?
Ultimately, nothing will ever be able to provide 100 percent safety. Instead, we need to be vigilant. Talk to a pool security professional to figure out which is the best option for your home. Once you decide, using multiple layers of protection is the smartest way to avoid unlikely drowning hazards.