Ensuring the highest level of safety around the backyard swimming pool means creating a plan of protection that makes it extremely difficult for children or pets to gain entry to the pool water. Proper adult supervision is one important part of this plan, but it doesn’t provide the entire solution.
Along with supervision, a pool fence should be installed around the pool to prevent entry. Pool fences that surround in ground pools should be at least 4 feet in height and should be constructed of a material that cannot be climbed. Gate entry points should always remain locked, and gate handles should be out of reach of small children.
If the side of your home makes up the 4th wall of your fenced pool area, be sure to install a door alarm on the door that allows entry to the pool area. Keep the alarm on at all times, and make sure it’s loud enough to hear in all parts of your home.
The same fencing will work well around an above ground swimming pool, but you should also consider installing a safety fence on the pool itself. A safety fence designed specifically for above ground pools provides an additional safety barrier that prevents unauthorized entry to the pool.
There’s no such thing as too much safety when it comes to backyard swimming pools. Responsible adult supervision and proper pool fencing are just two parts of the protection plan that homeowners should implement to help prevent accidents in and around the pool.