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Pool Safety Fence Information

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Doc. #5097, 2007), more than 350 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools each year and another 2,600 are injured. As a result, many municipalities require pool fencing around swimming pools to reduce the risk of swimming pool accidents.

A well-constructed pool fence with self-latching gates can significantly reduce the chances of children having unrestricted access to a residential or community swimming pool.

In addition to a perimeter fence, a fence between a home and the pool is highly recommended, especially for homeowners with children that have not passed an advanced swimming course.

While all types of fencing options (wood, steel, aluminum) are appropriate for enclosing a swimming pool, some styles may not be if the following basic guidelines are not met. All pool fencing should be built to ensure a young child cannot go under or climb over or through the fence. Chain link fencing is not always good since most boys can put their feet in the most common 'diamond' style chain link and potentially climb the fence. Thus, all pool fences should be at least 48" above grade, unclimbable and have a maximum clearance of 4" between the bottom of the fence and the ground.

Additionally, if certain styles of pool fencing, such as post and rail, are specified, they should be modified to prevent children from going in between the rails by applying a mesh behind the rails.