In our area, the summers can be so hot and humid that having a pool feels like a necessity. If you’re considering installing a pool—be it in a commercial or residential space—you should know that pool fences are a necessity. This is no exaggeration, because they are required by law in the states of Maryland and Virginia. Today, we’ll be giving you an overview of pool fences.
What are pool fences?
Simply put, a pool fence is a barrier that completely surrounds the perimeter of a pool. We’ll be using the Maryland laws as an example, but in most instances the laws in Virginia are not too different. There is also some variation on a county by county basis. It is a requirement that the fence be at least 48 inches high. It has to be locked whenever a lifeguard is not on duty with a self-locking device. There are few requirements in terms of fencing material or style, but if you choose to use vertical bars, they should be spaced no more than 4 inches apart.
Why are they necessary?
Simply put, pool fences save lives. The primary reason these are required by law is for the safety of others. They are especially valuable as a barrier for preventing children from drowning. In fact, some people would argue that an effective barrier is the best way to prevent accidental drownings. You may be confident that the lifeguards you hire have everything under control. But don’t fail to take into account the times that the pool is closed and there’s no lifeguard on duty. If anyone slips in after hours, it can be unsafe.
Apart from safety, what can they offer?
Of course, safety is paramount. But pool fences can afford a multitude of other benefits to commercial or residential pool owners. Often, pools can become a privacy concern. In some cases, a privacy fence can double as a pool barrier. And, of course, they also come with added security benefits. Pools are popular targets for vandals, and a barrier that’s effective for children may be scalable by adults. Thankfully pool, fences can be equipped with anti-climb measures to prevent trespassing.
And don’t forget: pool fences don’t have to be just about practicality. Just because they serve a definite purpose doesn’t mean they can’t look good too. Everyone wants their pool to look nice, so that’s why we offer ornamental fences that also serve as effective barriers.
Contact Hercules GSA Today!
Whether you need a commercial or a high-security fence, Hercules Fence GSA can do the job for you. We have been providing professional, quality service since 1955 and work to uphold our reputation every day. We have locations across the Maryland and Washington Metropolitan area and are ready to cater to your fencing needs. Give us a call at (410)-799-1555 or contact us online. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for more updates.