It is well known in Australia that it’s the law to have a Pool Fence around your swimming pool. However, it’s much more than just a law it’s common sense if you have children.
Let’s be honest, the primary reason for pool fences is to help keep young children out of the water if unsupervised. In fact, Australians Pools and Spas organization, state that,
“…the most common cause of death among Australian children below five years old is drowning”.
But safety isn’t the only thing a pool fence is good for and if you don’t have kids you may still want one.
Below I have outlined the key things you should know about pool fences and why they are a benefit to your lifestyle (whether you have kids or not).
Many people are put off by Pool Fences because they block your view of your garden or beautiful pool.
The good news is most safety fences are made out of mesh or iron. This ensures safety and full visibility. They also work well because they won’t trap heat in or out. That lovely summer breeze going over your pool will still make its way to the rest of your backyard and patio, cooling you down.
Large poles are placed every few feet to ensure that the fence stays strong and doesn’t get knocked down easily. Because keeping your family safe is ultimately the goal of having a pool fence, you’ll appreciate one that’s well-constructed with a secure entryway.
TIP: If you have a particularly hectic household, be on the lookout for iron fences as they are sturdier than your standard mesh options.
If you have young kids and/or can’t be home all the time, you’re going to want to keep them out of the water while you’re not around. If you have no kids, you may have friends with children who will be hesitant to visit if you have an unfenced pool.
The fence prevents small children from getting into the pool area and the doors are normally designed so they can’t reach it. Sometimes the mechanism is at the top of a large pole or on the opposite part of the door so only an adult can reach around.
A fence prevents kids from running before jumping as well, giving them only a small space to jump from and avoiding slipping and potentially being injured.
Unless your pet is trained to handle being in the water and is familiar with your pool, it can be worrisome thinking of them falling in while you’re not around. With a sturdy safety gate, they’ll probably never even get close! If you have any other animal like a cat or rabbit, they should definitely not be in the water. Most of the time other pets will naturally stay away from your pool, but accidents do happen and they can still fall in. A safety fence guarantees you won’t have to worry about unsupervised pets near your pool.
Most of the time other pets will naturally stay away from your pool, but accidents do happen and they can still fall in. A safety fence guarantees you won’t have to worry about unsupervised pets near your pool.
If you do have a water-loving dog or animal who gets a bit smelly from swimming or blocks the filter with hair, a gate can keep them out and the pool clean.
Critters, Leaves, and More
Would you want to swim in water that a rat or dead frog has been in? A mesh safety fence with no spaces can be a great deterrent for any feral animals that may be running around your backyard in the middle of the night without you even knowing.
Additionally, when leaves get blown into the water, it can bring about extra work when it comes to cleaning your pool, requiring you to manually remove leaves before they can clog your basket or filter. With a pool fence, those leaves are much less likely to make it in.
This helps to save you time and money and keeps your pool looking pristine.
Backyard & Pool Toys
Every summer, a new and exciting pool toy seems to make the rounds for kids all across the country. Those toys belong in the pool, and not all over your lawn! When the wind picks up, it’s easy for toys to get moved out of the pool and spread across your backyard. Plus, when the kids are playing with them in the pool and they can be thrown around pretty easily, which makes a fence great for keeping pool toys in one part of your yard.
Additionally, backyards are meant to be enjoyed in other ways, whether you’re kicking around a soccer ball with your family or throwing a football. And when something gets thrown into the pool, it can be a real pain to have to get it out. As with wild animals or debris, non-pool toys like balls can introduce dirt into the pool, bringing in bacteria and putting more strain on your pool’s chemicals. With a fence, you get a nice buffer that keeps your pool clean.
A pool fence can do wonders keeping things in or out of your pool. But it’s also important to keep in mind that the water quality itself can be a hazard. So when you visit a pool shop next it’s worth asking for advice about pool equipment and supplies to keep the water safe too.
With these practical concerns in mind, pool owners can generally understand why pool safety is important. These fences are easy to set up, come with ton’s of great benefits, and last for a long time. So, invest in one today to give you peice of mind.