The following is from the Melbourne Police Department web site:
All residential pools should be completely enclosed by a fence that stands at least four feet high. Avoid fences with vertical bars spaced more that four inches apart and chain-link fences that are easy to climb.
Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be out of a childs reach.
Keep patio furniture away from the fence so that youth cant climb on it to boost themselves over the fence.
Never prop open a pool gate.
If possible, purchase various alarms. A door alarm will sound when the pool gate is opened. Wrist alarm bands make noise when kids get wet. A pool alarm is activated when objects over ten pounds fall into the water.
With above-ground pools, secure and lock steps and ladders leading from the ground to the pool or remove them completely when the pool is not being used.
More than 350 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year, and another 2,600 are injured according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, Document #5097). As a result, many municipalities require fences around swimming pools to reduce the risk of swimming pool accidents.
A well-constructed fence from American Fence with self-latching gates can significantly reduce the chances of children having unrestricted access to a swimming pool.
In addition to a perimeter fence, a fence between a home and the pool is recommended, especially for homeowners with young children.
While all types of fence materials are appropriate for enclosing a swimming pool, some styles may not be. All pool fences should be built to ensure a young child cannot go under or climb over or through the fence. Thus, all fences should be at least 48" above grade, measured on the side of the barrier that faces away from the pool, with a maximum clearance of 4" between the bottom of the fence and the ground.
Additionally, if certain styles of fencing, such as post and rail, are specified, they should be modified to prevent children from going in between the rails by applying a mesh behind the rails.
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