Do you have children that are generally obedient and follow instructions or do you have children that are wild and rambunctious?
Reason: If you know your children are calm well behaved and generally cautious consider yourself blessed. You probably are not going to have a problem with a 4 foot tall fence. If your children aren’t little angels and you’re worried about them because they throw caution to the wind and can climb almost anything, then you know that regardless of anything else you should put up a fence higher than 4 feet.
Do you have twins or more than one child under age 4?
Reason: If you have two or more children under the age of 4 you should realize that these children will work together to achieve a goal. They don’t necessarily need patio furniture to get over the top of a 4 foot tall fence, because one child can help another get over this fence. Remember, the 4 foot tall fence is the MINIMUM height recommended by the USCPSC.
Do you have a large backyard for the children to play in or a small backyard?
Reason: “The smaller the backyard the higher the fence”. I have told that to thousands of customers over the years. The reason is because the closer children play to a fence, the more opportunity they have to get over the top.
How far away from where the fence is going to be located is your patio furniture?
Reason: Patio furniture, toys etc… are the most common ways for a child to circumvent a pool fence. One of the smartest things parents can do is to remove or relocate these items out of the backyard. If that isn’t possible, tie furniture together so that individual pieces of furniture can’t be moved towards your fence. Relocate any objects that can be stacked or used to gain a height advantage. Never underestimate what a child is capable of. Don’t say, “My child will never do that”. Look at pool safety from the perspective that your child will do that and your pool area will be a much safer environment for your children when they are playing outside.
This questionnaire is to be used as a guide to determining the pool fence height in your backyard ONLY and should not be used by itself in determining how tall your pool fence should be An onsite visit from one of our professionals is best!
WHEN DEALING WITH CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD AND A SWIMMING POOL…
We hope this information and some of our ways of thinking helped you with some of the issues in dealing with swimming pools and children.
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