Potential Weak Points in Your Pool Fencing and How to Fix Them

Posted on: 22 May 2017

If you have kids around, pool fencing is absolutely essential. Tragic pool drowning accidents take place every year, and you don't want to become part of the statistics.

However, simply installing a pool fence isn't always enough. Many pool fences contain vulnerabilities which allow children to access the pool, putting them in serious danger. It's also important to monitor the suitability of your fencing as your children grow older. A fence that could protect a toddler might be easily passed by a 6-year-old.

By checking your fence for the issues we've listed below, you could avoid a fatal accident.

There are gaps large enough for a child to fit through.

This might seem like an obvious one, but it's easy to overlook. Traditional metal and wooden fences with gaps large enough to keep adults out won't necessarily do the same for kids. Where possible, opt for mesh fencing with no gaps whatsoever to minimize the chances of your child squeezing through. If that's not possible, be sure to measure gaps before having fences installed. If you've got an existing fence you can't replace, attaching mesh to the existing posts until your child is older is a good compromise.

It's possible for children to unlatch the gates.

You can have the most secure fence in the world, but it's useless if your child works out how to unlatch the gate. Kids are smart, and learn quicker than you might expect, particularly if they often watch you unlatching the gate. Ensure that all gates are locked securely and fitted with a childproof lock for maximum security. Choose self-latching gates to minimize the risk of someone accidentally leaving a gate open and letting a child in. Monitor children at all times when they're near to the pool to ensure they don't try and open the gate.

The fencing can be climbed by children.

Kids love to climb, particularly as they get older. This is bad news for owners of certain types of traditional fence, which often look as though they were made for climbing. Choose fences that are too high to climb, don't provide footholds, or are made from one solid piece of wood, metal, glass or mesh to ensure that your little one can't climb over. Mesh is the safest option, as it can't be broken and won't hurt children or pets if they run into it.

Installing a pool fence is a great way to keep kids safe, as long as it's done right. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of accidents.