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dewster
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Pool Safety for Toddlers

Thanks in advance for the responses. We have a pool at our new (to us) house. The pool is directly adjacent to the house, so we have to do some kind of perimeter fence around the pool to keep our toddler out of it. Then anticipate removing said fence and re-finishing the concrete around the pool in 10 years or so after our kids have all learned to swim.

Looking at a 3' aluminum fencing and the estimates are coming back pretty high, but they will have to mount it to a concrete walk that surrounds the pool. Is this a good option? About what kind of prices per LF should I expect in south Louisiana for this?

We are also looking at those safety fences that mount around the pool. They seem to be some kind of mesh but can be easily removed for parties. I'm a little concerned that they may not be very secure. This is what we are looking at: LINK

Anyone have experience with this issue? If so, what was your solution?


ItzMe1972
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There are also pool alarms that go off if something hits the water.


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Tigers13
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We know people who have the pool fence and they work really well. The main complaint is that it takes away from the look of the pool but they're easy enough to remove. We just put in a pool and plan to install the fences once it's complete.

As far as the water alarm....We thought about that but if we're in the back of our house and the alarm goes off, it could take us a minute to get to the pool. It doesn't take that long to drown.


Jon A thon
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My parents have the mesh fence. The way the backyard is set up, they really only needed on straight section to separate the patio from the pool area since the pool pretty much takes up the whole useable backyard area. It looks pretty decent 7 years later and works well. It's actually pretty sturdy and the gate opening mechanism is pretty difficult to operate for kids. To remove, you just pull up the posts from the holes drilled in the concrete. I assume you can put a cap over the holes and it'd be pretty inconspicuous.

Not sure if it's the best solution to fully encircle the pool, but if you don't want permanent, it's probably as good as any.


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MamouTiger65
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Be sure to sign your kids up for a swimmer safety course. They start them as early as infants. Our kids went to Tadpole Academy. They get them comfortable swimming and going under water. They will also make them practice getting out of the pool with all of their clothes and shoes on. I've seen classes where they even train very young infants to just turn face up in the pool.


nolaTiger24
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We have the black mesh pool fence and its great. It is very secure as they have to drill through your tile and they insert probably 4 inches. We only take it down when we have large parties. I hated the idea of the look but its well worth it.

Quick story:
Hurricane Ida hits and it pulls the black fence slightly off the wood fence it attaches to. Fence gate wont properly secure because it is now not lining up. The guy can't get to us for a couple months or so to repair it. I'm in the back yard grilling with my 2 year old son, after a little while I have to go inside to get something. I come out 1 minute later and I walk straight back to the grill. I hear my son start to cry, when I turn around he is trying to pull himself out of the pool. I run over and pull him out and he is so exhausted that he can't stand. I go back and look at my security cameras and he walked right in to the pool, missed the last step and went under. He couldn't swim at the time he somehow manages to get himself to the side to alert me. He was under water way longer than I thought he could have handled. It was without a doubt the most terrifying experience of my life.

Moral of the story: get the pool fence.


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RaginCajunz
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quote:

Be sure to sign your kids up for a swimmer safety course. They start them as early as infants. Our kids went to Tadpole Academy. They get them comfortable swimming and going under water. They will also make them practice getting out of the pool with all of their clothes and shoes on. I've seen classes where they even train very young infants to just turn face up in the pool.



I'm assuming this is in your plans as well, but I'll double that. We had our boys in Tadpole pretty young (swim diapers) and they focused on survival. How to get to the edge and get out. Later, we put them in crawfish aquatics and they actually learned to swim.


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jchamil
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Third for the infant survival swim lessons. We had both of our boys doing that as early as we could because we have a pool and both grandparents do as well as just being around the water a lot


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lsu777
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we had that exact fence at our last house, it works great and toddlers can not get through it. can be removed at any time.

my youngest is 6 now and so we wont need it for the pool we are building now.

get your kid in swim classes as soon as they can walk.


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KTShoe
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The mesh fences are a mess. They eventually loosen up which weakens its security.
Install an aluminum fence but go no lower than 4ft.


Whatafrekinchessiebr
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We have had our Lifesaver fence for 3 years and it has worked great. It’s very easy to take down and put up as you need it.

I got quotes for a pro install but ended up DIYing for almost 1/2 the price including the purchase of a SDS hammer drill from harbor freight.

If it is built correctly with proper tension there is no way a toddler could get in. If a kid is big enough to get in they should be big enough to know how to swim.


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Baers Foot
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The mesh fences are a mess. They eventually loosen up which weakens its security.


I have had mine for 4 years and it's as taut and rigid as the day it was installed (professionally). Only thing I have to do yearly is spray Jomax on each side to kill any algae growth on the fence, and hose it down.

Will eventually take it down when the kids are teenagers.


KTShoe
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We haven’t had such luck. I’ve even had it reinstalled. Maybe I got a faulty one.


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dewster
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Thanks y'all.

Ordered the pool safety fence. Should be installed in July.


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