As a swimming pool owner, one of your biggest concerns should be safety around your swimming pool and installing a pool fence or safety barrier can make a huge difference. First and foremost, at Weber Pools, we feel strongly that nothing is better than constant supervision around the pool but lapses can happen so installing a fence or barrier can add an important second line of defense that can prevent tragedies around the pool. In Texas, pool code is extremely stringent and plays an important role in protecting small children from accessing backyard swimming pool and spas and accidental drowning. With provisions requiring pools to have layers of protection, such as fences, self-latching gates, and door alarms, the pool code is a valuable tool to help keep children safe by preventing their ability to access bodies of water. Having a swimming pool is a luxury but can turn tragic if you don’t properly install a barrier and that is why we want to talk about some of the benefits of installing a fence/barrier as well as some alarming statistics about drownings.
The following are benefits of installing a pool fence/barrier
Reduces drownings – anytime to you have a fence that is of appropriate height that doesn’t give a child easy access to the pool this can drastically decrease the potential for drownings or accidental drownings.
Peace of mind – just knowing that a barrier is there can give residential pool owners peace of mind knowing their child couldn’t get near the pool even if they lose track of where they are.
A variety of options available – in today’s world you can purchase mesh fences, pool nets and even rod iron fences depending on what you like most. Please keep in mind that with pool nets it is possible to slip in the pool and they take a fair amount of time to take off and put back on after you’re done with swimming.
Mesh fences give you flexibility – mesh fences are probably the best option because they can be easily installed and removed at any time if you’re hosting guests or moving!
- From 2005-2014, there was an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings in the U.S.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
Please note that in Texas, fences must be at least 48 inches tall and may not be constructed of chain link materials. The pool fence laws also require that gates, like the fence itself, be at least 48 inches tall.
If you should have any questions in regards to pool fences, please contact us today!