A good fence can add a level of safety and security to your home that you would not be able to achieve any other way. Because every family’s needs are different, modifications may need to be made to achieve optimal safety. This is especially true when children and pets are involved. Here are some fence design considerations for child and pet safety!
Install a Mud or Rot Board
A mud, or rot, board is a horizontal beam that goes along the base of the fencing. Originally designed to help prevent rot and mud damage to the base of fence posts, it has another use as well. If your dog is prone to digging, especially around your fence, a mud board can mean the difference between your dog getting out and remaining safely in your yard.
Add a Decorative Border
One way to make your fence taller is by adding a decorative border to the top. Although these can be installed later, they can also be incorporated at the time of installation. Adding height to your fence can ensure your dog cannot jump over it. No matter how good a jumper they are.
Consider the Pros and Cons of the “Pretty Side”
Usually fence etiquette dictates that the “pretty side” of your fence faces outwards towards your neighbors. It could also face out towards the street for added curb appeal. However, that means that the support bars are located inside your yard. If you have a child that is prone to climbing, these support bars could be the added boost they need to make it up and over your fence. However, if the smooth, “pretty side” is located towards your yard, those support bars are now on the outside to give a boost to anyone looking to come in. If you have neighbors on all sides, this might not be as much of a concern. However, it is still something to consider.
Secure Your Gates
Ideally, there should be locks on your gates. However, these can be a pain if you go in and out of them frequently enough. However, if you leave your gate unlocked, you increase the risk of your child or pet being able to push the gate open and get out. Even the strongest latches can become worn down and more easily opened over time. Other options include securing the latch with a carabiner or a lock that is not fully secured. This way they can be easily removed by you for easy access in and out of your yard, but a child or pet would not be able to open the gate. If you are thinking of installing a fence in your yard, request a quote from Clarksville Fencing today!