Being able to splash around the pool is a great way to spend your summer. The little ones will also be eager to join in on all the fun. Just make sure that you have a pool fence to protect them when you’re not around to supervise. With these simple steps, you can quickly put up a pool safety fence on your own.
Tools You’ll Need
- Rope or garden hose
- Measuring tape
- 4-foot stick
- Safety glasses
- Drill with cement drill bits
- Pool fence
- Pool gate
- Spring-loaded latch and hook
Plan Your Work
In order to be successful, you will need to sketch out a plan. First, measure out where your fence will go. “The recommended distance to stay from the edge of the pool is 2 feet or more”. Use a rope or garden hose and lay it out where you want the fence to go. Clearly, mark the area that is the beginning and the end piece.
Measure the Area
Go around the pool and mark where the poles will be. You can use a tape measure or take a 4-foot stick and cut it down to 3-foot and 2.5-inch sticks for accuracy. The 3-foot stick will account for the fence’s sections and the other will measure the distance between each frame.
Drill the Holes
Prepare your drill for the job by using a drill bit that will drill through cement. You don’t want to start working and you break several bits before realizing that they are not strong enough for the surface. You can find cement drill bits at any local hardware or home improvement store.
Once you’re ready, put on your goggles and gloves, and begin drilling the holes. Clear away any debris and then push the poles inside of each hole far enough so that they are stable.
Install the Fence
Start by inserting the panels into the poles. Make sure that the fencing is tight. Go through each pole around the pool until you’re back at the front. At this point, there will be two poles next to each other. This is the entryway. The entryway is important. Once you reach this portion, install a spring-loaded hinge at the gate. The spring-loaded hinge will allow the gate to close by itself after each person walks through. In addition, you should add a spring hook and eye to secure the gate closed.
Reasons You Need a Pool Fence
If you’re going to own a swimming pool it is your responsibility to keep everyone in the home safe, including those who cannot swim or have very little training in the water. The pool can be extremely inviting, so having a safety fence will help keep small children from drowning accidentally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.”
Another reason to install a pool safety fence is for your convenience. You’ll be able to enjoy backyard and evening get-togethers without worrying that a child might slip into the pool accidentally.
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