It seems that all over Sanibel, Florida, there are huge screens completely enclosing swimming pools. While they may look unusual at first, these screens serve an important purpose.
Swimming Pool Safety
Florida law requires that residential swimming pools be equipped with safety measures to prevent accidental drowning. One option is a barrier that encloses the pool, separating it from the house. The screen meets that description.
There are several characteristics that a swimming pool screen must have in order to meet safety standards. It must be at least 4 feet high and have no gaps that a child could climb under, through or over; it must be around the perimeter of the pool; and it must be far enough from the water's edge that a person who does manage to get through it does not fall into the water right away.
Additional Benefits of Screens
In addition to providing a safety barrier, pool screens have other advantages. In warm weather, Florida has many pesky bugs and the screens help to keep them out of the swimming pool areas. They also provide a degree of protection from the sun's strong rays.
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