For many homeowners, there is nothing as relaxing as a day by the backyard pool. However, those same homeowners may feel nervous about the safety of their pool if they haven’t invested in a professionally installed aluminum fence. If you want to rest assured that your family and friends will be protected from devastating accidents, you need to look into a fence as soon as you finish your swimming pool installation.
While you may assume that you are legally required to fence around your in-ground pool, the truth is that there is no federal regulation demanding you to do so. While some state and local laws do have these requirements, it is best to be on the side of caution. Without a proper fence, you could be subject to insurance claims that could make your premiums skyrocket, not to mention the personal guilt you could experience should an accident occur.
What Size Fence Should You Choose?
When you have an aluminum fence installed, make sure that the installation professional follows the guidelines the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has set forth. Make sure it is at least 4 feet tall and has a gate that is self-closing and opens outward, away from the pool. Children should be unable to climb your fence, so go with vertical slats rather than horizontal.
Consider Additional Protection
Once your fence is in place, you may still want to add on some more safety features for your pool. Some of the best options include underwater pool alarms that can detect when someone enters your pool without your knowledge, automatic pool covers, and rescue equipment, including ring buoys, life hooks, and a telescoping reaching pole.
While your swimming pool installation is an exciting time for your family, it is also a time to consider how you’ll keep family members and visitors safe with the addition of an aluminum fence.