Permanent Pool Fences
Fences for your swimming pool obviously are mandatory. Yet they can also be an item of beauty. Your swimming pool is a long term investment and likewise you should look at both the security of your gate and its corresponding lock but also look as it as a decorative element for your back yard pleasure.
Security Number One
Whatever your choices, remember the number one element for all swimming fun is the foundation set with security. Security for your family and for potential intruders. Sadly we must make provisions to lock others out. Children look for an opportunity for mischief, we as responsible adults must ensure our home and our swimming pool is both child proof and intruder proof to a reasonable standard.
The goal of a permanent swimming pool fence is to keep unsupervised children from getting over, under, or through it. It should enclose the pool completely (unless one edge of the border is formed by the house itself). Gates should swing shut and latch on their own.
Most cities require permanent fences around pools at homes where children 6 years old and younger are living. Pool fences also are recommended for homes where young children visit or spend any length of time.
When Unique Landscapes and Custom Pools installs a fence, we first check out the guidelines of your municipality. We make sure the fence meets specifications as to spacing of slats or chain links, as well as other requirements.
City of Phoenix requirements call for permanent 5-foot, non-climbable fences that have self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward from the pool. All latches must be 4 1/2 feet above ground or inaccessible from the outside by small children. Any opening in the fence must be less than 4 inches wide. If a wall of the home is used as part of the pool enclosure, doors leading from the home into the pool area must also be self-closing and self-latching. There are other particulars. Check with the city of Phoenix or your municipality for its pool barrier ordinance.
Pool fences need to be maintained like cars and appliances to be effective, make sure an existing pool fence is in good shape and stable, not wobbly or falling over. Regularly check that the gate latches securely and that spring mechanisms work properly.