A backyard pool is а great feature in any yard, offering an easy way to relax and stay cool on а hot summer’s day. However, we all know that a pool can also pose а safety hazard, especially for children. Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children under the age of 14, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these drownings take place in a residential pool.
To keep kids safe, you may want to invest in а pool fence. Thе CDC reports that completely isolating а pool by using а fence can reduce the chance of a drowning by 83%. That’s an amazing percentage; one worth thinking about. The benefits of a pool safety fence are priceless!
If you decide to invest in a pool fence, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Your pool fence should completely enclose the pool area. When installing your fence, be sure all access to the pool is fenced off but other areas of the yard are completely accessible. There should be no reason to have to open the pool gate to access anything but the pool.
- Install your pool fence carefully, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are uncertain, hire a professional to do the job for you. Investing in the pool fence won’t do any good if it isn’t installed properly.
- All other ways of accessing the backyard should be locked. Add additional locks high up on doors so kids can’t reach them. Self-closing hinges should be installed on all doors leading to the backyard. Additional locks and pool or gate alarms can be added for even more protection.
Routinely check your pool fence to make sure there are no gaps or malfunctioning parts. Kids are great at finding a small opening. Stay one step ahead by making sure the fence is in good working order.
ToySplash has an awesome option for a pool fence for you to purchase. Here’s a great description of our Removable In-Ground Swimming Pool Safety Fence:
Keep your pool area secure with this innovative and attractive safety fence from ToySplash. When properly installed it will eliminate the type of tragedies that occur all too frequently every summer. Our fence is easily self-installed and the super-strong woven mesh will not allow children or pets to enter the pool area unsupervised. Unique climb-resistant mesh gives no toeholds or finger holds. With our safety fence, your pool is protected from accidental drowning.
Our fence is designed to be self-installed (remember if you aren’t comfortable installing it yourself, hire a professional) and requires only 5/8-inch holes to be drilled in the deck. All posts and screws are made of stainless steel hardware that will not rust or corrode. The safety fence can easily be removed and re-installed in minutes by a single person. The lightweight fence rolls up when not in use for easy storage. The fence comes with plastic covers for the post holes when the fence is not in use.
It comes in pre-assembled 4-foot H x 12-foot L or 5-foot H x 12-foot L sections and can be easily altered to fit any pool area. Our optional gates feature true-close hinges that are spring loaded to self-close and a Magni-Latch® lock (included in the price) to prevent entry by children. Gates are available in 4-foot and 5-foot heights and they are 30-inches wide. Safety fencing comes complete with hardware, measuring template, instructions, and a free installation video. A rotary hammer drill is required for installation. Backed by a 5-Year Warranty. Available in black only.
If a pool fence isn’t for you, you may want to consider a pool safety cover. Not only does a cover protect kids and pets from accidentally falling into the pool but it also keeps your pool free from lots of debris; making cleaning easier and reducing the amount of work your pool equipment has to do.
Here’s a description of our Arctic Armor Pool Safety Cover:
Durable, long-lasting Arctic Armor covers are strong enough to support your entire family, yet light enough to put on or remove from your pool in five minutes or less. Arctic Armor covers are made of super-strong two-ply mesh with a break strength of over 4,000 lbs. During use, the cover is held in place with brass anchors. These anchors recess flush with the deck when the cover is not in use. Rest assured that your children and pets are protected from accidental drowning. In addition to its safety features, Arctic Armor affords excellent winter protection for your pool. Its fine, lightweight mesh allows rain to seep through but screens out leaves and debris. Spring clean up is a snap because no water collects on the cover. The cover comes complete with brass anchors, stainless-steel springs, installation tool and storage bag. Backed by a 12-Year Warranty. Prices start at $369.99 and increase with larger sizes.
Summer time is when water safety awareness is heightened as well it should be because more people are spending time in the water. However, at ToySplash we want to encourage you never to let your guard down. Pools are always an enticing thing to kids no matter what time of year it is. Adding a pool fence, a pool cover, or other pool safety devices will add to your peace of mind as well as to the safety of everyone!