Spring is the Perfect Time for Ordering Your Pool Fence!
Have a pool? Make sure you also have a fence that surrounds it to meet state and county standards or run the risk of huge legal fees should something happen!
Planning to install a swimming pool on your property this year? Have an existing pool that was installed last fall and still needs a swimming pool safety fence to live up to code in your county?
Spring is the best time to order your pool fence, even if your pool won’t go in the ground until May or June. If you wait to order your pool fencing from a vendor after your pool gets installed in June, you’ll have difficulty getting the fence installed in time for your holiday celebration.
It’s a matter of scheduling. Once the warm weather breaks, the busy season for fence installation kicks in. Ordering a fence in early spring means a huge difference in getting placed on the installation schedule for any vendor. This time of year, there are fewer customers in the queue waiting to get permits from the county where they reside as well as fewer homeowners waiting for a fence to get installed.
The longer homeowners wait to order the aluminum pool fence during warmer weather, the longer it can take to get on the schedule to get the fence installed. Even if your pool isn’t scheduled for delivery until late June, you need to get your fence order on the books now so that once you fill the pool with water, there’s a fence around it. Failure to comply with having a fence around your pool means putting your investment at risk.
Pool fences keep your family, friends and pets safe and can also keep out unwanted guests.
Every state and local government has its own set of pool fence regulations that all consumers and businesses must follow when there’s a pool on their property. Failure to follow these guidelines means being subject to significant legal risks, such as being sued if there’s an accident. A great start for understanding the implications of pool ownership is to check out the guidelines the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes each year.
These helpful guidelines can keep you out of trouble and ensure that your pool area meets regulations and minimizes your legal risk should there be an accident. Things you can do to minimize risk include:
- Follow all home safety guidelines and laws for pool ownership in your area.
- Always supervise your children and their guests—never leave a child unattended even for just a few minutes.
- Keep your and your guests’ pets away from the pool area.
- Make it a rule that no one swims alone—that includes both adults and children.
- Don’t mix alcohol and pool time—if someone has had a few drinks, keep them out of the pool.
- Keep your pool fence locked to keep uninvited guests out of the pool area; consider an alarm on the fence for maximum safety.
- Make sure your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for liability lawsuits as a result of pool injures or death. Some policies do not cover pools with slides or diving boards so before installing them, find out what your insurer covers!