Safety and Sanitation: How to Fence Around the Pool for Child Safety

Pool fencingInstalling a fence around the pool adds a layer of protection to prevent children (and pets) from accidentally falling in. Before starting this safety project, check on local codes and guidelines to ensure you are aware of all regulations related to constructing a fence around the pool.

When it comes to fencing around the pool, aluminum fencing should be considered as it is low-maintenance, easy to install, and affordable. Step one in the process of installing a fence around the pool is to excavate postholes. This requires clearing the pool area of foliage and running a string line low to the ground. Use a fence panel to mark the postholes and excavate them about 8 inches in diameter and two feet deep with a power auger.

Next, set a string line for the post tops. Allow a gap of up to 4 inches below and 2 inches above each panel, with the latch post extending about 12 inches above the gate. Position the posts in the holes and cast with concrete. To attach the panels, slide the panel brackets over the top and base rails, and raise them into position on temporary blocks. Use a level to check that they are straight. Secure the brackets to the posts.

If your pool fence needs an angle other than 90-degrees, change the direction of the fencing by cutting the ends of the panel rails using an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel. Use spray paint to touch up the cut ends. To hang the gate, attach the self-closing hinges to the outside of the gate. Space the gate evenly and use a level to make sure it is straight. Finally, secure the latch.

Installing a fence around the pool will not only add a layer of protection for child safety during the summer, but throughout the year as well. Accidents can happen unexpectedly during any season, and fencing around the pool allows for more peace of mind.