When the sun is blazing and summer’s in full swing, there’s nothing like a backyard pool for beating the heat. Of course, being the proud owner of a swimming pool isn’t all fun and games… it’s also a big responsibility.
Pools are great, but they can be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. Swimming pools are a drowning hazard for unsupervised children and pets. There’s also the threat of trespassers who can expose pool owners to staggering amounts of liability.
Of course, we can’t sit by the pool all day, as nice as that might sound. We have work to do! Many pool owners are finding that aluminum pool fencing is the best solution for backyard pool safety and security.
Make Sure Your Fence Is Up to Code
The Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) have outlined stringent requirements for safe pool fencing. Among them: the fence must be at least 4’ tall, the pickets must be spaced less than 4” apart, the latching mechanism must be at least 54” above the ground, and the space between the bottom rail and the ground must be less than 4”.
These rules and others outlined by BOCA may seem strict, but they’re in place to keep everyone safe. Pool fencing regulations in your area may vary from BOCA requirements, but if you opt for a fence that meets these guidelines, chances are strong that it will meet or exceed any local requirements.
Secure Your Gate
When it comes to pool fencing, the gate is the most likely entry point for adventurous children, curious pets, and trespassers. So it’s crucial to make sure your pool gate is secure.
Discount Aluminum Fences offers plenty of options to keep your aluminum pool fence’s gate from being the weakest link. TruClose hinges close gates automatically, so there’s no risk of them being absent-mindedly left open.
MagnaLatch locks have a unique magnetic latching system that is immune to mechanical jamming, so you don’t have to worry about your gate sticking open like it might with a standard gravity latch.
Aluminum gates with closely spaced puppy pickets keep pets and small children from accessing the pool area by squeezing themselves between gate pickets.