Fencing for Swimming Pool Areas  

by Pool Builders on 01-05-2011 in Articles

In the United States, there were almost 3,500 unintentional drowning deaths in 2007 alone, and, frighteningly, this is figure does not include the number of deaths related to boating accidents. One of the highest risk factors for swimming pool drowning deaths is a lack of fencing or inadequate fencing around the swimming pool area. Without fencing, children and inexperienced swimmers can purposely or accidentally fall into the pool, possibly leading to a drowning accident.

Children love to go swimming, but they often do not realize the dangers of the pool. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drownings for children between 1 and 4 years of age most often occur in residential swimming pools. Sadly, it is not even the deep end that is the only concern€"children can drown in as little as a few inches of water. Thus, it is important to have your entire pool area fenced off and secured.

The fence around your swimming pool should be tall enough that a child is unable to clamber over it or use a chair to climb over the barrier. Consider a fence that reaches chest level on an adult rather than one that stops at waist level. Additionally, the fence should be strong enough to withstand a child attempting to force his or her way into the pool area.

Of course, many people hesitate to put fences around their pools because they are afraid that the fence can obscure the view in their backyard or serve as an ugly barrier across the yard. However, there are a variety of fencing styles that provide good security while still being visually appealing. Popular options for backyard swimming area fencing include wood, iron, wood-and-wire, composite, and vinyl.

One important factor in choosing an attractive fence is making sure that it matches your house. By fitting seamlessly with the style of your home, the fence looks less like an anomaly in the backyard. Also, you should consider a slatted fence or otherwise semi-transparent fence to allow people to appreciate the view over your pool. However, make sure that child cannot fit through the rails of your fence.

Property owners are responsible for the conditions on their property. A lack of fencing around a swimming pool can be a safety hazard that can lead to injuries or fatal drowning accidents. If your child was hurt due to a property owner's failure to enclose their pool with a fence, you may be able to hold them accountable. Contact a premises liability lawyer to learn more.

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