A swimming pool is a dream purchase for many, but it’s easy to get caught up in all the fun and luxury one can provide and forget just how dangerous a pool can be. Without an effective safety barrier in place, you’re at risk of having that dream turn into a nightmare.
Fences have been used to safeguard properties for centuries, and dedicated fencing for a swimming pool should be a top priority if you’re looking to take the plunge.
Swimming pool laws
Here in the UK, we don’t have any laws or legislation regarding barriers for private swimming pools. Some other countries, such as Australia, have strict regulations surrounding swimming pool fencing, and we believe it’s important to follow that lead if you have – or are thinking about installing – a pool at your property.
These laws are in place to safeguard young children, and outline the minimum height, gaps between and below railings, and the kinds of locks to be used on gates. These guidelines, while not law in the UK, present a logical and sensible standard to follow, and reinforces the fact that swimming pool safety should never be underestimated.
The most obvious benefit of pool fencing is the high level of safety it provides. For the majority of the time, swimming pools remain fun spaces for friends and family to enjoy, but like any body of deep water, there lies an innate risk.
If you have young children, you know how hard it is to keep an eagle eye on any toddler. One turn of the head and they’re off, adventuring along without a care in the world. Garden fencing presents a barrier that curious kids cannot bypass, and the same rule applies for swimming pool fencing. Should your child find themselves unsupervised in the garden, safety fencing for your swimming pool will prevent any accidents. A pool left completely open presents a fatal drowning hazard for children, but the simple installation of a fence can substantially reduce this risk.
You might think that a fence around a pool will interfere with your ability to supervise young swimmers, but that is not the case. The fences recommended for swimming pools – bow top railings and mesh fencing, for example – make it easy to retain visibility even from a distance. This lets you perform a quick scan of the pool area and respond immediately if you spot anything awry.
Maintain visual appeal
The look of the fence is always an important factor. Fortunately, a swimming pool fence won’t be of any harm to the aesthetic quality of your garden or any other space. Fencing adds structure to your garden; a four/five foot tall metal fence is a neat way of segregating the swimming pool without making it feel too imposing. Domestic fencing for your pool fits in seamlessly with the surrounding garden design while bolstering its level of safety. It’s a definite win-win.
When installing a swimming pool fence, it’s always recommended you enlist the services of a professional fencing supplier and contractor. A reputable contractor will design and install fencing to suit your specific needs, and this becomes ever more vital with a pool fence. No matter how large, small, deep or shallow your pool, Harrow Fencing can supply and install dedicated safety fencing that keeps your pool safe when not in use.
Harrow Fencing provide a wide range of domestic and commercial fencing solutions throughout Harrow and Hillingdon. For hazardous areas such as pools and ponds, we ensure a meticulous survey and installation service of bowtop fencing, wire mesh fencing and more, taking professional care to provide a reliable, sturdy fence that brings safety and style to your home. To find out more about our fences for swimming pools or any of our fencing options, simply contact our friendly team today.