Safety is an important consideration for schools, and one of the main ways to ensure pupils are protected is to install bow top metal fencing on the premises. To learn why bow top fencing is our recommended choice for school fencing, have a look through the list of benefits and our advice on why it is imperative to properly secure your school.
What is Bow Top Railing?
Bow top metal fencing gets its name from the signature rounded top of the railing, but it is occasionally referred to as hairpin fencing or hoop top fencing as well. This design is often used as a perimeter fence in public spaces, tourist areas, car parks, housing, recreation areas, company premises and schools. It is the fence of choice for many public areas as it is economical and long-lasting, as well as quick and easy to install. Also, bow top metal railings manage to be the most safe and secure fencing option while remaining aesthetically pleasing.
Benefits of Bow Top Fencing for Schools
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Bow top railing has an anti-trap design that is in-line with the anti-entrapment requirements of the BS EN 1176 Play Equipment Safety standard. These regulations specify that the gaps between infills must not exceed 89mm, which lowers the risk of children getting stuck between the rails. Bow top fencing also has smooth, seamless connecting joints, which means the children’s clothes are unlikely to get caught, and they won’t hurt themselves on any sharp edges. It is also a decent barrier for preventing unwanted access. This is because the design makes it difficult for intruders to climb over or through, especially if you choose a tall version, and stray animals won’t be able to get in either.
If you install bow top railings for your school perimeter fencing, then it will be secure as well as aesthetically pleasing. There are a variety of colour coatings you can choose from to ensure the fencing matches the school buildings, and welded metal spheres are a common addition to the fence to create a more decorative design. The rounded top makes the fence attractive and unintrusive, and you can easily see through the railing, so it easily blends in with any scene.
Bow top metal fencing is sturdy and built to last, which makes it an economical choice for schools. Due to the robust design, this type of fencing can easily withstand children’s rough play as well. Compared to wooden fencing, metal bow top fencing does not rot, grow mould, require repainting, or deteriorate in the weather. Another benefit of metal fencing is that you don’t have to worry about the children getting splinters.
Why Safe and Secure School Fencing is Important
A lot of people have a negative perception of school fencing; they think it symbolises being trapped or controlled, and it reminds them of a prison. However, there are actually several vital reasons why fencing is an important addition to any school. Firstly, it stops dangerous people and animals from entering the premises. This prevents kidnapping, and stops criminals and intruders from harming the children, or animals attacking them.
Secondly, security fencing prevents children from running away. Even though schools try their best to keep education engaging, sometimes circumstances such as bullying, or even just boredom or carelessness can encourage children to wander off. Schools have a serious legal obligation to keep children safe, and this makes secure fencing a necessity.
If you would like to invest in bow top railings for your school premises, then Harrow Fencing Supplies can help. We are a family-run business with 60 years of experience, and we offer bow top fencing in various sizes and heights to customers all across Harrow, Hillingdon, and the rest of London.
For more information about our metal security fencing, or to receive a free, no-obligation quote, contact us today.