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Old 04-18-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Do you have a pool and a kid? I need info on Baby Fences.

I am trying to find info on baby fences for pools. I have found a lot of fences that are specifically made to keep babys save. They are made of a mash weave so that kids can't climb them. Before my wife, I had never seen nor heard of these.

Well we have an inground pool and we want to make sure our daughter is as safe as possible. I have been calling places and these fences seem unbelieveably expensive. My wife wants us to consider other types of fences that are not specifically for babies or kids. I do not think this is a good idea.

For those that have kids and pools, do you have baby fences or any other types of fences?

Just for clarification, I am not talking about a fence around the yard. We already have that as it is required by MA state law. I am talking about a secondary fence just around the pool. Here is an example of what I mean.

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Old 04-18-2006, 10:55 AM   #2
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You want to be able to have your daughter in the yard and keep her from reaching the pool.

What is it about the other fence options that makes you uncomfortable with them? As long as they keep her out and are not dangerous to her...
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:57 AM   #3
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Well right now at this age, nothing. But in a few years (maybe sooner) she will be able to climb fences. She actually was trying to climb a chain link fence a few weeks ago. She is not able to do it yet, but it won't be long I am guessing.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:05 AM   #4
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Have you talked to a fence guy? They may know about product you would be unaware of and can make recommendations.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:08 AM   #5
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Yeah I have talked to a few, but they all push the baby fences because they make a lot more $ off of those.
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IMHO it's better to invest in the fence you know is safe. I'd rather not take any chances and I'm sure you feel the same. I'd get the baby fence. Aidan can scale just about anything. He climbs up the side of the dishwasher to get up on the kitchen counter.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:36 AM   #7
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My SIL and BIL have one. Their kids are a little older now, but, they went ahead and paid the money too. They also got those monitors that would sound if someone where in the pool. They felt completely comfortable after getting the fence though, the monitor was just extra. I would pay the money also. It's worth your sanity.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:39 AM   #8
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Yeah we are going to get one of those monitors as well as getting alarms for the doors that lead out to the pool. We don't want to take any chances.
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I wish I could help Gb but my pool is an above ground. It had a fence that was screwed onto the rails and went all the way around the perimeter of the pool with a padlock on it. Yours is an inground pool so I'm not sure how a fence would work on that.
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:06 PM   #10
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Our backyard of course is fenced and we have a fence around the perimeter of the pool and the gate is locked. When in the pool area, all kids have to have on a vest even if they can swim and that is put on before they go out. We have drummed this into Cade's head so he knows no vest, no pool and never disobeys us. All the others will get the same drill, but that locked fence really helps, they also know, try to climb the fench and no pool for a week, no playing on the swings or slides or sand box, so far so good, but a fence is a MUST! If we have a big gathering of adults and kids, parents tend to get to talking, I refuse to be in charge of the kiddies, so no swimming is allowed at all. No price is to big when it comes to our babies.
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:07 PM   #11
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Dont have kids but I would love a pool.The monitors are also good if the family pet or a squirrel falls in.As for kids they are clever little buggers never give them the benefit of the dought.
Can they go in the yard where the pool is? If not Ive seen Nursing Homes that have a bracelet to go on patients in case they open a door to go outside and make a run for it, it sounds an alarm.
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:23 PM   #12
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I don't have any advice for you GB, there is no way we would have a pool with only 2 months where it is warm enough to swim outside. LOL. I think you have the right idea though, better to be too careful than not careful enough.
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When I lived in LV we had an inground pool - fortunately our pool was on one side of the yard so we just fenced across that side of the yard with a wrought iron fence with a self lock. Now I live in Chicago and have an above ground pool with a deck built around it and a self locking gate at the top of the steps. The fence you are looking at looks very cool. I agree, no price is too large to protect the kids! Also, you may want to put a lock on any gates you have on your fence around the yard.
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:07 PM   #14
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Yeah we have a pad lock on the fence around the yard. I think that is a state law in MA when you have a pool.
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