Kid & Pet-Proofing: Ensuring Safety Around Your Fence

Safety first! This is a motto we at G’s Fence Co. firmly believe in, especially when it comes to protecting our little ones and four-legged friends. Fences serve multiple purposes — marking boundaries, offering privacy, and enhancing aesthetics. Yet, their primary function should always be safety. In this post, we delve into tips and considerations for ensuring your fence is kid and pet-proof.

 

  1. Fence Height Matters

While that charming picket fence might seem adequate, consider the agility of your pet or the growing curiosity of a toddler.

  • For Pets: Larger dogs, for instance, might easily leap over a short fence. We recommend a minimum height of 5-6 feet for active breeds. For smaller animals, a fence that’s too tall might feel like an imposing barrier, so striking a balance is key.
  • For Kids: Children can be climbers. A 4-foot fence might work for younger children, but as they grow, consider a taller option, especially around pools or other potential hazards.

 

  1. Mind the Gap

Those small gaps or openings between fence posts might seem innocuous but think of them from a child’s or pet’s perspective.

  • Pets: Small gaps can be tempting for pets to squeeze through or get their heads stuck in. Ensure your fence design has gaps narrower than the width of your pet’s head.
  • Kids: Children are naturally curious. Wide gaps might tempt them to stick their arms through or even attempt to crawl through them.

 

  1. Lock it Up

A fence isn’t very effective if the gate remains open or is easily accessible.

  • For Both: Invest in a good quality gate with a child and pet-proof locking mechanism. The latch should be high enough that it’s out of reach of young children but still easily accessible for adults. For those with tech inclinations, consider self-closing or automated gates.

 

  1. Materials Make a Difference

While aesthetics are essential, prioritize safety when choosing fence materials.

  • Pets: Opt for materials that won’t splinter or harm your pets if they chew on them. Vinyl and metal are great choices. If you’re going for a wooden fence, ensure it’s sealed and hasn’t been treated with harmful chemicals.
  • Kids: Smooth materials with no sharp edges are ideal. Ensure nails or screws are not protruding and that the material isn’t easily breakable.

 

  1. Visual Checks

Always routinely inspect your fence for wear and tear.

  • For Both: Check for loose boards, protruding nails, and wear and tear regularly. Maintenance goes a long way in ensuring longevity and safety.

 

  1. Fun but Safe

While safety is a priority, remember that a fence can be fun too!

  • For Both: Consider integrating chalkboards, murals, or pet windows. These features not only make the fence engaging, but can also provide stimulation and deter attempts to climb or breach the fence.

 

In conclusion, while fences add value and beauty to your property, their core purpose remains protection. At G’s Fence Co., we’re committed to combining these attributes to offer solutions that ensure peace of mind for you and a safe haven for your kids and pets. Contact us today, and let’s discuss the best safety solutions for your home.

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