In a previous post, we discussed the various layers that make a pool safe. There were infrared motion sensors, underwater motion alarms, surface motion alarms and personal immersion detectors. There were also swimming pool nets and pool fences.
Pool nets and pool fences make up the primary layers of protection for pool safety and drowning prevention. The gadgets can always be used for additional layers of safety.
Mario Vittone, a drowning expert, has described the pool safety net as the “layer zero” that prevents drowning because it removes water from the situation.
Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of a pool net and then do the same for a pool fence.
The advantages of a pool net
- When installed correctly, the pool net has a 100% drowning prevention record. Pool safety nets provide a proven and secure safety system, and peace of mind.
- Great aesthetic value. A pool net does not obscure the view of the water. It also comes in blue or black to complement the ambience of your swimming pool.
- A pool net is versatile in that it can be custom fitted to a variety of water features, spa baths and jacuzzis.
- Easy to remove, thanks to a pulley system that manages the tension in the net.
- Another covering, such as a solar bubble blanket, can be placed beneath the pool net that prevents debris blowing into the pool.
The disadvantages of a pool net
It takes about five minutes to remove the net and another five minutes to replace it.
The advantages of a pool fence
- A pool fence can be an attractive addition to your garden. Pool fences are normally available in a wide selection of colours that blend in with the aesthetic of your home and garden.
- They do not need to be removed and replaced when somebody wants to go for a swim.
- A pool fence allows quick and easy access to the pool. Just by lifting a latch and opening the gate, one can gain entry to the pool area.
The disadvantages of a pool fence
- The biggest disadvantage is that once the fence has been penetrated, there is no barrier between the child and the water.
- Unlike a pool net that is obtrusive, a pool fence is not very pretty to look at and can detract from the aesthetics of your garden.
When it comes to protecting children from drowning, the pool safety net is the preferred choice. This is because it cannot be penetrated if it is correctly fitted and installed. Remember, it has a 100% safety record.
It is also relatively easy to remove and replace. Moreover, it does not obstruct the view of the pool water.
While the pool fence does create a barrier, stories abound of a fence being penetrated (or the gate left ajar) by a young child who has wondered through and drowned in the pool.
A pool fence cannot be used as “layer zero”. That is the role of the pool net. It’s best used as a secondary layer to add an extra level of protection against a child drowning at home.