*Note from HooverFence.Com: Part of our
job here is to help our customers find the right fence for the right job. When
we read this article in our trade Magazine "World Fence News" we knew we had to
take some excerpts out of it.
successful pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under or through...
- CPSC Pool Safety Brochure
safest single barrier or protection is a good fence with an effective latching
mechanism" - Bill Kerr, Life Saver Pool Products
Accidental drowning in pools (as well as spas and hot tubs)
claims nearly 350 young lives a year
...good pool fences should allow at least 65% visibility
through them so activity inside the pool area can be observed from outside. - Bill
Ullrich, President - Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Instritute
Some of the CPSC Guidelines for Swimming Pool Barriers**
pool barrier should be at least 48" above grade
eliminate handholds and footholds and minimize the size of the
For a solid barrier
No indentations or protrusions should be present, other than
normal construction tolerances
For a barrier made up of horizontal and vertical
If the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is
less than 45", the horizontal members should be on the swimming pool side of the
The spacing of the vertical members should not exceed
1-3/4". This size is based on the foot width of a young child and intended to
reduce the potential for a child to gaina foothold.
The spacing between the vertical members should not exceed
4". This size is based on the head breadth and chest depth of a young child and is
intended to prevent a young child from passing through an opening.
The maximum clearance at the bottom of the barrier should not
exceed 4" above the grade.
should open out from the pool
should be self-closing and self-latching
the release mechanism of the gate should be at least 54"
from the bottom of the gate. This keeps a young child from reaching the latch and
getting to the pool.