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.

Child Safety Tips For Choosing A Chain-Link Fence

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Many people prefer chain-link fences due to their durability and minimal maintenance requirements. If you are looking to install a fence to make your yard a safer place for your children to play, then it's important to know a few important safety considerations before ordering the new fence from a company like Albemarle Fence Co Inc. The following are things to know to ensure your fence is as safe as possible.

#1: Mind the Gap

The actual chain-link part of the fence offers some choice in opening size. Generally, you want to opt for as small of opening as possible. This serves two purposes – first, your child won't be able to get a limb stuck in the chain-link, and second, it is more difficult to find a foothold for climbing the fence. You can further shrink the openings and make the fence safer by opting for rubber-coated chain-link. The coating not only looks good, it also seals the areas where the chains intertwine, which prevents finger pinching.

#2: Height Matters

Taller fences are better. Even if your child can't climb the fence, you don't want them to be able to reach the top bar to pull themselves over. This can result in a major injury if they fall onto their head. A 5-foot fence is sufficiently tall to keep a small child confined. Keep in mind, the height of the fence is only safe if your child can't reach the top. Don't place anything that your child can climb upon near the fence line.

#3: Get Some Support

Small kids can sometimes squeeze underneath a chain-link fence if the bottom chain isn't supported. This is easily fixed by having a bottom horizontal support bar installed. Even if your child isn't likely to try to get under a fence, the bottom bar will prevent arms or legs from getting pinched if a child tries to reach through or accidentally kicks at the fence.

#4: Latch the Gate

Your fence is only as strong as its gate. Make sure the gate sits low enough to the ground that your child can't fit beneath. Also, check that the gaps on either side are narrow enough so arms, legs or heads can't fit through. There are guards available that you can have installed on the gate to further block these spaces. The latch should also be childproof and located near the top of the gate, so it is out of reach of your child.

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5 January 2016