Even though it’s officially winter and getting colder out, it doesn’t mean outdoor playtime—especially in Alabama—is finished for the season. So, to keep your kids safe in your yard, let’s review five ways to child-proof your fence.
Choose the right fence.
First things first. If you are starting from scratch, take the time to research and find the right kind of fence for you and your property. Think about features such as durability and security to get started. A wooden fence is long-lasting, for example.
Wooden and vinyl fences are also both secure options. Both provide a good physical barrier to keep kids in designated areas. What’s more, the vertical slats and panels help keep children from climbing over or squeezing through the fence.
Check for holes and gaps.
Next up on ways to child-proof your fence is to inspect your fence regularly for any openings, cracks, or vulnerable areas that kids might use to their advantage. Fill in any gaps with more mesh wire, weatherproof materials or other fencing components, for instance.
To keep kids from crawling under the fence, pay close attention to the bottom and consider adding an extra barrier if needed.
Make the fence too hard to climb.
Speaking of clever escape artists going under the fence, let’s not forget the daredevils willing to climb over it! To help eliminate fence climbing, remove anything your child could use as leverage. This includes outdoor furniture, ladders and possibly trees.
Don’t forget to make sure the fence posts are smooth, with no footholds, to make climbing them a challenge.
Select the appropriate fence height.
Another measure you can take to keep children from climbing over your fence is choosing the right height. Typically, fences that are at least four feet high are harder for small children to climb. However, if your kids are older or more adventurous, you may need to consider a higher fence.
Remember to double-check your state or city’s regulations or check with your local HOA if applicable too.
Install safe latches and gates.
Keep children safely in the yard with secure gates and safety latches. Consider a gate that is self-closing and self-latching. This will help lower the possibility of the gate being left open accidentally.
Like with the fence as a whole, inspect the latches and gates often to make sure they are in good shape. Replace any broken or damaged parts as needed.
Now that we’ve shared these helpful ways to child-proof your fence, let the kids get outside and play in the safety of your yard! If you are ready to start building your new fence, we are ready to help. Contact us to schedule a free estimate. Keep reading our blogs for more fence maintenance tips and other industry news.