Safety: Swimming Pool Fencing

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a successful pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under or through and keeps a child from gaining access to the pool except when supervising adults are present. If you’ve yet to install a fence around the pool area, think about adding this extra safety precaution.

The CPSC recommends the following guidelines be followed when incorporating safety fencing:

° The top of a pool barrier be at least 48 inches above grade, measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the pool.

° If the fence features vertical slats, the spacing should not exceed 1 and ¾ inches.

° If using a chain link fence, the mesh size should not exceed 1 and ¼ inches square.

° Above ground pools should include a safety fence, as well.

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