When it comes to our customers, we see a lot of tricky pool fence questions. This week, we are dedicating our blog post to covering some of these. Read on to see our answers to these tricky pool fence questions! 

Answering Your Tricky Pool Fence Questions

Is that fence strong enough to withstand a determined child?

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As always, we appreciate feedback from our customers and readers. That said, tricky pool fence questions and comments like these reflect some common misconceptions about pool fences. A properly installed pool safety fence should be both tall enough that a child or pet cannot climb over. Beyond height, the mesh should be strong enough to withstand both the outdoor elements and the pushing of an excited child or pet.

This is perhaps the most important component of a pool fence. These customers are correct – if the mesh isn’t strong enough, a child can easily push right through it and fall into the pool. Luckily, Life Saver’s pool fencing is built to remain sturdy enough to protect young children and pets from swimming accidents. Unlike a chain link fence, there is no place for a child to proper their foot to boost themselves higher.

For proper mesh, “tension-based support” is required. This video shows Life Saver Pool Fence’s mesh hard at work:

To learn more about the qualities of a sturdy pool fence, read this detailed blog post.

Is this pool fence legal to use with my pool?

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Up next, this is a question we don’t often see. In terms of legality, the circumstance may be quite the opposite. In some cases, installation of a pool fence might actually be mandatory. Depending on where a family lives, state and city laws sometimes require that a pool include a safety fence.

As an example, in New York the laws and regulations specifically state that:

(a) All swimming pools shall be enclosed within a fence or other barrier, at least four feet high, which can only be entered by bathers through self-closing and positive self-latching doors or gates. The knob or handle controlling the latch shall be at least 40 inches above grade. The gate or door shall be locked and access to pool prevented when the pool is not supervised.

(b) Swimming pool fences constructed after the effective date of this Subpart [March 30, 1988] shall meet the requirements of the Uniform Code. For existing swimming pool fences, no opening shall exceed four inches.

The same is true for many other states as well. If you are installing a pool, be sure to check your local regulations. Aside from potentially preventing a tragic accident, installing a fence may actually be a legal requirement.

Are extra layers of protection always necessary?

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One of the topics we often cover is the value of installing additional layers of protection. Sure, a pool fence is one of the most commonly used methods of water safety. As the first line of defense for a pool or hot tub area, it is an important safety tool. That said, we would never encourage our customers to rely on a single safety measure. As the saying goes, there is safety in numbers.

Beyond installing a pool fence, here are some other measures you can take to avoid a potential water tragedy:

  • Proper adult supervision ensures that someone always has an eye on kids who are in the pool area.
  • 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.
  • Everyone should be properly trained. Swimming lessons and CPR training can help to save a life.

Would You Like to Know More?

And with that, this wraps up our answers to your tricky pool fence questions. It is our sincere hope that this clears up some issues for our customers.

If you have further comments, please reach out to us on social media. You can find Life Saver Pool Fence on Facebook and Instagram. Finally, feel free to contact our customer service team directly. We are always eager to help our curious readers!