Homeowners often invest in fences to enclose a pool, for privacy and yes even to keep their children and pets safe. The fact is, keep children safe and create a great designated play area. When coupled with sturdy gates, child fences also keep children safe from any strangers and roaming animals alike.
Investing in a fence to help protect your children gives them a great sense that the play area is theirs and separate from the outside world. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that not all child fences are up to the task.
Child Safety in a Busy World
Over the last several decades, there’s been a steep drop in unintentional injuries and accidents among children. These incidents dropped sharply with the emergency of the early 60s and 70s’ consumer protection movement.
During that time, the government issued several voluntary and mandatory rules to improve safety for children. One such regulation included a requirement for homeowners to fence in swimming pool areas.
In the 80s, the New York Health Department found that children were still suffering mortal events at an unacceptable rate. As a result, the city launched a public health initiative to compel individuals to improve child safety.
Eventually, that request became a law. Now across the nation, including the State of Missouri, many public health departments followed suit. Since then, parents have done a better job of taking action to improve child safety.
Throughout modern society, these kinds of influences have co-mingled to protect the welfare of children. What they all have in common is that they involve the increased distribution of information about child safety.
Now more than ever, parents are more eager to protect their kids. As just one example, many products designed for children have safety labels. Companies must now follow specific regulations to protect children.
The leading causes of unintentional injury and death vary by age.
However, they include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian-related crashes
At home, you can prevent most accidents by modifying your child’s environment. Also, it helps to follow standard safety practices. As for your backyard, it’s highly beneficial to install a four-sided children fence with a locked gate if you have a swimming pool.
Child Safety Is Serious Business
Today’s consumers are digitally empowered. Parents now have unlimited avenues to research ways to protect their children across most any environment.
Sadly, around ten people a day die from accidental drowning. Among them, twenty percent are typically 14 years old or younger. Drowning is the fifth top cause of unintentional injury and death in America.
On average, there are little over 3,500 fatal non-boat related accidents in the US. Among non-fatal drowning accidents, victims can suffer severe brain damage, memory loss, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of essential motor functions.
It seems like every day is getting shorter. With so many things to manage, it’s often difficult for parents to divide their time as needed. Nevertheless, the basic need to protect their kids persists.
Keeping Kids Safe in Missouri
In Missouri, the Department of Social Services meets twice a year to discuss child safety. During these meetings, they work to identify widespread problems that they believe they should bring to the attention of the state.
The Missouri Department of Social Services recognizes that the safety of children is a critical measure of well-being. Accordingly, the agency works toward gathering a comprehensive understanding of child safety.
Today, Missouri boasts the most overarching child fatality review system in the country. The goal of the program is to develop a full picture of why children get hurt in Missouri.
The department also recommends that parents with swimming pools install four-sided fencing with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Also, Social Services suggest that fences for children are at least 4-feet tall.
Pool fences should completely separate the pool from the house and play area. It is the department of social service’s mission to educate the public about these critical safety measures.
Safe Fences for Your Kids
The information shared by the Department of Social Services and other agencies has compelled a growing number of parents to install safety fences.
Aluminum fences are a popular choice for protecting your children and keeping them safe in the backyard. Swimming pool compliant aluminum fences have vertical pickets that run straight up and down, and the horizontal rails are placed far enough apart so children can’t easily climb them. Also, the spacing between the pickets, (less than 4”), is just the right width so that children can’t squeeze between them.
As an example, Elite Fence Products EFF-20 aluminum great fence is one of the most popular fences to keep children safe. It is available in six styles, nine colors including black, matte black, white, quaker bronze, matte quaker bronze, beige, Hartford green, walnut brown, and sandstone.
The Elite residential grade aluminum fence is constructed of 1-1/8″x 1″ rails, 5/8″x 5/8″ pickets, and uses 2″x2″ or 2-1/2″x 2-1/2″ posts. The horizontal rails have been engineered for maximum strength.
The Elite residential grade aluminum fence comes in heights of 3′, 3′ 6″, 4′, 4 ½’, 5′, and 6′, and the taller heights of 4’ and above are an excellent choice for child security and protection, while also being the perfect neighbor-friendly fence.
The fence is powder coated and resists cracking and peeling. Powder coating is a premium way to apply paint. The finish lasts for years and aluminum will not red rust like iron or steel.
Fencing That’s Super Safe and Hassle-Free
The truth is, most homeowners fence their yard. However, homeowners that use chain link or wood where their fencing fades, warps, or isn’t attractive is not such a great neighbor. Don’t be the neighbor who’s fence eventually becomes an eyesore.
Maintenance is a simple matter of an occasional washing. There’s no scraping, painting or staining required. You don’t have to worry about rust with this beauty. The finish of the aluminum composite fence will last for decades.
Best of all, Elite EFF-20 aluminum child fencing offers security. It will keep your kids and pets securely in the yard. It will also keep outside intruders out of your yard.
Who Will You Trust to Protect Your Kids?
Child fences will take care of protecting your children, and make your home look great. However, no matter how attractive or secure your fencing choice, you won’t enjoy these benefits if you don’t hire a fence contractor that will install them property, so choose your fence installer carefully.
If you’re considering a new fence for your backyard, play area or pool, take some time to research the best fence contractors.
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