Safety and Warning Posts

Update: 2021/06/25

Warning Posts are usually made from flexible polystyren […]

Warning Posts are usually made from flexible polystyrene and thermoplastic and are an attractive decorative option to concrete walls. They offer an easy way to alert people about potential dangers around swimming pools, hot tubs and spas as well as warning signs relating to electrical hazards. Warning Posts are very non-conductive and therefore can safely be used in many electrically dangerous areas. They are also easy to install and come with detailed installation instructions. Warning Posts have an excellent safety record, which is testament to their popularity and longevity.

A warning post is normally fixed to the wall just below or at the top of an above ground pool, hot tub or spa and offers safety to swimmers, children and pets. Swimming and diving should never be near a warning Post because they are meant to warn people about hazards on the pool or in the area of use. A Post is usually made from heavy gauge polystyrene that is weatherproof and long lasting. Most warning Posts are anchored to the ground and secured using stainless steel fittings or rust-proof nails.

It is important to ensure that a warning Post is installed in a safe position to avoid accidental falls. Ideally the warning Post should be located above the pool, decking or landscaping around the pool. Swimmers should never approach a Warning Post and should always walk around it from a safe distance. A fall from even short distances can cause serious injury and can also result in a fire.

Warning Posts can be easily designed to blend into the surroundings and can often be manufactured to resemble rocks, statues, bricks or even trees. Warning Posts usually use a resin material that will not damage easily. Many of these Warning Posts can also be painted to match the colour of the pool and landscaping. However if painting is required then pre-drilling of the post holes will ensure that the paint will adhere properly. Warning Posts can be made from a wide range of materials including concrete, wood, steel, fiberglass and aluminum.

When constructing a pool fence the posts may need to be ordered in advance to ensure that the fence will be constructed to the correct specifications. Wooden posts tend to come pre-drilled for drainage purposes and usually have a steel reinforced butt plate. Aluminum posts are also available and can usually be painted to match the pool fence. Fiberglass and steel posts are very sturdy but can usually be constructed to accommodate larger diameter aluminum bars that are standard in most pools.

Warning Posts can also be mounted onto a swimming pool deck or fence. It is important to make sure that the posts are securely in place to prevent falling. Safety Warning Posts should be inspected every year to check for signs of corrosion. Corroded steel or iron could pose a serious health risk if ingested and should be removed and replaced immediately. Regular inspections and checking of warning Pole will ensure that your pool fencing is up to date and will keep you and your family safe.

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