Safety Fences vs Alarms

As we head into Spring, you may be concerned about the safety of your swimming pool. Pool alarms and safety fences are a couple of options available to help ease your mind.

I am not going to recommend specific products in this article. Instead, this is meant to be very general information for someone new to swimming pool safety. Remember that pool alarms or safety fences should never replace the supervision of young children or pets.

Safety FencesSafety fences are typically a colored mesh material fencing installed in sections a very short distance from the pool. It is easily removable and allows you to have some freedom if hosting a pool party. When installed, it can make the pool feel a little claustrophobic. It is for this reason that I am not a big fan of safety fences. The installation process consists of drilling 1″ holes into the concrete with a core drill. These holes, obviously, must be drilled with extreme precision to make sure the safety fence is perfectly vertical and taught. A gate can be installed for easier access to the pool, but this is not standard with every safety fence. As you can see in the photo, cleaning the pool becomes a bit harder since there is less room to walk around the perimeter inside of the fence.

Pool alarms are an alternative to a fence. They typically mount on the edge of the pool and detect fluctuations in the surface of the water. Some of them simply float on the surface. Essentially, they monitor for something falling into the pool by sensing small waves. Personally, I don’t see pool alarms very often at all, safety fences are much more common. The problem that I see with a pool alarm is that you may get a lot of false alarms from wind, tree debris, birds, etc.


An Atlanta area native, Shawn began servicing pools in 1998 and has not stopped. Years of experience have provided Shawn with a wealth of knowledge and opinions about all types and brands of pool equipment.

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