A pool is an excellent addition to any home, providing a great way to cool off and have fun during those hot summer months. Whether you are considering installing a pool yourself or are buying a home with a pool, there are certain considerations that need to be made. Not only do you need to think about what type of pool you’re going to have, its location, or size, you’re also going to need to think about safety measures. Pools can be an asset, but they can easily become an accident waiting to happen.
This is where a pool fence comes in.
You may think the only reason to have a pool fence is if you have young children or pets, but there’s more to it than that. Here are 5 reasons you should have a pool fence.
If you have a pool, there is always a risk of drowning. Whether you have children, pets, or anyone else in your home who does not know how to swim, a pool provides an increased risk. According to a report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of those ten, two are children 14 years old or younger. However, if you have a fence around your pool, you are adding a layer of protection.
With the help of a self-closing and self-latching gate, children and pets can still be safe even when there is a lapse in adult supervision. The addition of a pool fence gives parents or other adults extra peace of mind. No matter what a pool fence may cost to install, it is nothing compared to the safety of your family, pets, and friends.
A pool fence can also keep other critters safe. If you have an inground pool, it can be easy for wild animals to try to drink from it or even go for a dip. If you have a pool fence, you lessen the risk or not only your own animals getting into your pool, but also any others that may happen to wander into your yard. Some animals do know how to swim, but not all do.
2. The Law
Because there are so many drownings every day, many neighborhoods, or even local governments, are legally requiring pool owners to install pool fences. Depending on where you live, your municipality may very specific guidelines for your pool fence. It is important to read up on these fence requirements and to use a fencing company that is familiar with them as well. If you live in Montgomery County, you can check out our blog here to learn more about pool fencing requirements.
3. Insurance Coverage
Also because of the amount of drownings, many insurance companies require homeowners to have a pool fence installed. If they do not, there is a change that the insurance company will not provide any liability coverage. It is often the case that homeowners must provide proof that they have met all safety requirements when installing a pool. Because you are adding extra security to your investment, it is even possible that the insurance company will give you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance. However, it is best to check with your individual insurance company to know what they’ll expect from you when you are installing a pool.
Whether you’re self-conscious in a bathing suit or live in a neighborhood where they houses are close together, it can be nice to have more privacy while enjoying your pool. Depending on how tall the fence is or what it is made out of, you can easily keep the prying eyes of your neighbors away from your pool area.
Maintaining your pool can sometimes be a hassle. Always having to make sure the chemicals are balanced. Closing it for the winter and opening it back up for the summer. Pool covers are heavy and take up space. And the time it takes to clean out the pool with a net or pool vacuum can easily add up. The equipment required to take care of your pool will also need to be replaced and maintained themselves. However, a pool fence requires almost no effort on your part to do its job year after year. As long as you know that the latch on the gate works, your pool fence is doing its job of protecting you and your family.
Install a pool fence today!
Here at Clarksville Fencing, we know how important safety is to you and your family. Not only are we up-to-date on all the legal requirements in your area, we also have a diverse range of pool fences for you to choose from. You can be secure without taking away from the beauty of your yard and new pool! Contact us today for a quote on your new pool fence!