Pools in backyards are becoming more common in homes all across the world. While pools can provide you and your family with hours of enjoyment and exercise, water and children can become a deadly combination if mixed with an unsafe atmosphere or poor supervision.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of deaths among children
Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children aged 1 to 14. According to government statistics, accidental drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children under the age of five in California, Arizona and Florida. This is the reason that in many areas in the United States and in countries all over the world, laws have been passed making it mandatory to install fences in backyards. So before getting your pool installed you should familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations concerning the installation of a pool in your backyard.
Pool fences are commonly called pool safety fences or swimming pool fences. They can serve as a baby sitter and is aptly also known as a baby gate. The relevance is obvious; a baby is most susceptible to drowning if no barrier is there to prevent him or her from falling in. Baby gates should have a gate lock, preferably a self locking gate lock mechanism, and be up to your local building code.
Just like any popular pool accessory, pool fences to come in different sizes, shapes, designs and styles. Some of the more common ones include removable pool fences, wooden pool fences, wrought iron pool fences, vinyl pool fences and aluminum pool fences. Pool owners can choose from a wide variety of options.
The best way to find a pool fence that would meet your requirements is by doing some research on the Internet. You can compare prices of different pool fences on a number of online stores. However, if you prefer to examine things closely before you buy them, it would be better to visit a local pool supply store. The only disadvantage to this is that the store you visit may not have as wide a range of pool fences as you can find on the Internet.
Different types of pool fences
Metal fences are study, dependable and attractive looking. They also are more durable that wooden fences. While wooden fences may be very pleasing to the eye, the problem with them is the constant restoration and refurbishing that would be required to keep them looking good. Mesh fences are a fairly new concept, but they are rapidly increasing in popularity. This increase in popularity is due to the fact that many are removable. The two most common types of removable pool fence mesh are vinyl-coated polyester and PVC coated polyester.
If you do not have a child in your house and you are only planning to use your pool for a short time because you are moving soon, it would make sense to purchase a pool fence that can be taken down in a matter of minutes.
Other pool safety equipment
In addition to a pool fence, you may also buy additional safety equipment. Pool covers help to keep your pool clean, but more importantly they act as a life saving device. Pool covers are usually made of lightweight plastic materials and many of them include netting, durable mesh covers and durable vinyl covers.
Another great piece of pool equipment is a pool alarm that can start beeping whenever a large object uses the swimming pool.
As the famous proverb goes, Prevention is better than cure. You should not hesitate to take any steps to protect your infant or child. In addition, you should always ensure that you are paying complete attention to your child while he or she is swimming. Even a few minutes of distraction could lead to a tragic end.