Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

Tips For Keeping Your Pool Area Secure

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Your swimming pool and the area around it can be a hazardous place for unsupervised children. A secure pool area will keep your children, and the neighborhood kids who wander in, safe. Here are some tips to protect your children from many of the typical pool dangers.

1. Surround the pool area with the right fencing.

You may have chain link fencing around the yard, but you also need a fence surrounding the pool area. Chain link fencing should be high enough to prevent children from grabbing onto the top. The openings in the fence should be small enough that a child can't get their feet in the fence to climb it. The bottom of the fence should be secured to the ground so it can't be pulled up and crawled under.

2. Install a secure gate in the fence.

The gate needs to swing shut and latch securely as people go through it. The latch needs to be something that a child can't easily undo. For added security, install a sensor on the gate that triggers a buzzer in the house whenever the gate is opened.

3. Secure the pool toys.

If you have a pool slide or a high board, install a ladder to the upper surfaces that can be disconnected and moved out of the way when not being used.

4. Hide dangerous pool equipment and chemicals.

Keep pool filters covered so children can't get to the components. Lock up any pool chemicals that you leave out by the pool. Tools, such as pool nets and skimmers, should be locked up when not in use, so they don't become toys in the hands of children.

5. Keep the pool covered whenever not in use.

A tight cover across the entire pool surface not only keeps it clean but prevents accidental drownings. A loose cover that easily detaches and sinks with a person in it is dangerous. A child that falls in can get tangled up in the cover and unable to free themselves. Use a cover that has several attachment points around the edge of the pool to prevent it from being pulled free.

6. Add security alarms to help monitor the pool area.

A buzzer triggered by the pool gate opening is a good way to keep track of the pool use during backyard activities. You may want to install another sensor on the gate that sounds a loud alarm when the gate is opened when no one should be in the yard. Floating sensors are available to place in the pool to notify you if someone falls in. If you have a home security system, have at least one surveillance camera monitoring the pool area.

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21 August 2015