Pool Safety Nets
Pool Safety Nets

News media routinely publish reports about children drowning from accidentally falling into pools. Although by themselves these deaths amount to immeasurable tragedies for the families, the tragedy is greater considering that many of these deaths are avoidable. Pool safety nets provide necessary protection to ensure that they do not occur.


These nets consist of braided, fibrous mesh that covers the entire expanse of a pool's surface. Some of the products may be adaptable to different shapes, levels of gradation, and extra features such as heavy landscaping and sculptural rock formations. The intervening spaces between the mesh measures from three and a half to four square inches, a size too small to fit a small child. Thus, at most a child may be able to stick a limb through the mesh, but cannot immerse himself. Even a large child falling onto the mesh will only get wet without sinking.

Design Features

Cords within the mesh typically support up to 300 pounds of weight while the perimeter cord is doubled to maintain tautness throughout the mesh. Manufacturers also treat the fiber to prevent damage from ultraviolet solar rays and chemicals used to treat pools. Clips bolted into the surrounding concrete secure meshes at pool perimeters. As they are usually made of stainless steel, they are rust and corrosion-proof. The durability of the materials gives the nets a lifespan lasting up to ten years. Most nets require drilling holes into the concrete at about three-quarter inch widths. However, since the nets feature low profiles the aesthetics surrounding pools are virtually unaffected.

A professional should always install these systems to ensure proper fitting. Removing a mesh generally requires three to six minutes and five to ten minutes for replacement. However more elaborate pool designs with gradation changes and sculptural features may require more time. Some varieties utilize automatic rolling retraction and replacement systems. You should always replace the mesh when you have finished using the pool and keep it keep in place until the next use.


Most nets cost from 6,000 to 9,000 dollars. The price may seem heavy for many people. However, if you have already decided to invest in a pool, then the additional expenditure for the safety net should be worth the comfort that a child will not drown in your pool. You should check to ensure that your net carries a sufficient warranty.


These nets provide a necessary safety measure to prevent small children from falling into pools and sinking. Safety measures such as this prevent death from drowning. The nets consist of specially manufactured braided cords that withstand weather for years. They are expensive but as a pool itself represents a heavy investment, this additional expense carries much worth for most people.