Professional pool fence installation is one of the best ways to protect your friends, family, and pets from the elevated risk of drowning created by an unsecured swimming pool area. A pool safety fence provides a barrier that blocks entry, deters climbing, and maintains your pool area’s beautiful appearance, but it also fulfills your obligation as a responsible pool owner to prevent unsupervised access. In many locations, safety barriers can be mandated by law, required by your HOA, or be a condition of coverage for your insurance carrier. Your local All-Safe Pool pro is a valuable go-to source for swimming pool safety information, equipment, and professional pool fence installation in your community.
Safety Barriers Save Lives
Around 4000 deaths annually are the result of accidental drowning injuries, with thousands more victims seeking medical attention through emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and clinics. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance has cited a lack of effective safety barriers as a contributing cause in the majority of these instances. The fact that adding safety barriers like a pool fence, swimming pool safety cover, or swimming pool safety net can help prevent accidental drownings by keeping kids and at-risk adults from having unsupervised access to the water is undisputed. They are the most important upgrade you can make to your pool area for the good of your loved ones.
Choosing the Right Type of Pool Fence
There are a lot of pool fence types on the market, but not all are created equal. We’ve talked about these pool fence types before, the relative advantages and disadvantages each has to offer, and removable mesh pool fencing remains the best balance of safety, money, and durability on the market.
Removable mesh pool fencing uses a tear-resistant mesh material that resists damage from the elements and has no gaps to allow for easy hand or footholds to aid climbing. This mesh is stretched taut between strong metal poles that have an angular cross-section to distribute the forces generated by high winds, large pets, or determined children pushing against the fencing. Installation is planned out to keep any gaps to a minimal diameter that won’t allow small bodies to push under, between, or around the fence to gain entry. The pool area is secured with a self-closing and self-latching gate that easily accepts an alarm to maximize your protection.
Planning Your Pool Fence Installation
While it’s important to get your pool safety fence professional involved in the process early to avoid making any common pool fencing mistakes, it’s important to understand the information they’ll need and what they’ll be looking at as they plan out your swimming pool’s protection. For existing pools, this also gives you an idea of how you can ensure you’re ready for the process to begin, while new builds can be designed from the ground up (or down) with safety in mind.
You Need Clear Space Around Your Pool
The perimeter of your pool fence installation needs to allow space for swimmers to exit the pool, sit on the edge, or move freely. This means you’ll want several feet from the pool to the inside edge of the fence at a minimum. If you want a larger protected area, such as to allow for lounge chairs, a gazebo, a spa, or landscaping elements inside your swimming pool area, your pool safety fence will similarly need to allow for not only their dimensions but the space to move around these features without them possible becoming an aid to help kids climb into or out of the pool area.
Ensure There is Material to Anchor the Fence Poles
A removable mesh pool fence works because it is tensioned across its entire length. That tension requires a strong substrate to hold the poles in lace, like concrete, cement, or stone. This material needs to be at least four inches thick and six inches wide for proper placement, anchoring, and distribution of tension stress. If your pool fence installation crosses bare ground, poles that need to be anchored will have cement footings poured to allow for proper anchoring that maintains the fence’s strength.
Flat Surfaces For Straight Lines
The tension created during your pool fence installation creates a taut, straight edge along the bottom of your fence line. This straight edge helps prevent pushing under the fence, but only if the ground underneath is level. Areas with significant dips will either require your pool safety fence to be rerouted to avoid going over them or filled in prior to installation. It’s also important to note that most fences will use gentler turns of 45 degrees or less to redirect the fence rather than a sharp 90-degree corner. This allows for both more consistent tension throughout the pool fence installation and avoids placing undue stress on a single corner pole.
Work With Surrounding Structures
Removable mesh pool fence is the perfect stand-alone safety barrier, but some pools already have an existing fence, shed, or house wall next to them. In these cases, your installation plan can incorporate these features, securing the fence directly next to or onto them to create a secure perimeter. Your fence should never pass near enough to a building, landscaping, or other structure, however, that could allow another path into your pool area. The fence should either be expanded to include this security shortfall within its safer confines or redirected to pass far enough away to mitigate the risk.
Avoid Buried Utilities
Care should be taken before any digging commences to mark the location of buried pipes, cables, or wires. Digging into these can be inconvenient, at best, but also potentially life-threatening. Most states offer 811 Call Before You Dig or similar services so you can coordinate with utility personnel who will happily come out to mark your property’s underground utilities. It’s safer, and it helps you avoid the considerable expense of unnecessary repair costs.
Start Planning Your Pool Fence
The easiest way to make sure your pool fence installation is done right is to contact your local pool safety professional. They have the experience needed to help you plan a better pool safety fence, access to authentic All-Safe materials, and a passion for protecting their neighbors in the communities they serve. When you schedule a free estimate, they’ll talk to you about your pool safety needs, take measurements, and create an individualized pool safety equipment plan that gives you reliable, cost-effective protection. Give your loved ones a safer swimming pool. Request your free quote from your independent All-Safe Pool fence installation pro today.