How to Install Your Pool Safety Net

black pool safety net installed on a backyard pool

Proper pool safety net installation is an important part of protecting your friends, family, and pets when you have a backyard swimming pool. You’ve taken the first step toward creating a safer pool area. Your local Lifeguard on Duty installer has designed a safe layout, set the anchor points for your net, and custom fit a net to your pool that, when installed and tensioned, will help prevent the tragedy of accidental drowning. Now it’s time for you to learn how to use your safety equipment and make a commitment to remove your pool safety net only when supervision is available and reinstall it as soon as possible once pool time is over. 

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Pool safety net installations is one of the most popular services our customers request to help them protect their pool and the swimmers around it. Serving as an additional line of defense, a pool safety net stretches over the entire surface area of your pool, preventing unsupervised access and keeping potential drowning victims up and out of the pool’s water. Made of strong, knotted twine tensioned by cord and springs anchored around your deck and poolside area, it resists damage, makes it hard for children or animals to crawl out over the pool’s surface very far, and is designed to hold the weight of a full-grown adult–making it a smart choice not just for kids and pets but also those who frequently entertain guests.

Protecting Your Pool With A Safety Net

Pool nets are easy to put in place when it’s time to get out of the pool and easy to remove when you’re ready to open the pool back up. After a few times, the process of opening or closing your pool will only be a matter of minutes. Convenience and ease of use are important, as the more user-friendly your pool’s safety features, the easier it is to consistently protect your pool properly, and statistics show that barriers, such as pool safety fences, safety covers, and pool safety nets greatly decrease the risk of accidental drownings in protected pools. Proper pool safety net installation every time sets good safety habits for you and your family.

  1. Position your net roller. – Your net is stored on a roller that makes it easier to store and move your net around between uses. Position your roller on the opposite side of the pool from your first anchor point. The square on the front of the roller (toward your pool) helps channel the net around the spool during pool safety net removal for more even laying. Likewise, for pool safety net installation, properly unspooling your net through the square provides for easier installation. Secure the roller to its anchor point and locate the clip that attaches to the starting anchor across the pool from you.
  2. Attach the starting clip to its appropriate anchor. – Gently pull the first clip over to its anchor and attach it. You’ll start every pool safety net installation at this point, giving you a set routine for protecting your swimming pool. 
  3. Anchor the corners of your pool safety nets. –  Move in a set direction–clockwise or counterclockwise, matching up the corners of your pool with the clip that anchors them. If the first corner of your pool is five anchors clockwise from the initial anchor point, count five clips over and affix it to the anchor. The net isn’t tensioned yet, so if you’re off by a clip, all is not lost. You’ll fix it soon. Starting with the corners helps support the weight of the net up and out of the pool while helping pre-position it properly spaced.
  4. Attach the rest of the clips. – Moving from the initial anchor point, attach each clip in a sequence to its anchor point, one after the other, adjusting any misaligned corners as you go. This part of the pool safety net installation process can take the most time, but moving in a single direction carefully and methodically will prevent time-consuming adjustments and readjustments.
  5. Move the roller out of the way. – Once the net is off the roller and the last anchor clip set, the roller can be stored until it’s time to reopen the pool.
  6. Get your Titan tensioning tool. – The Titan is a powerful, hand-driven tensioning device for your net that slides into a sleeve placed in your deck. Place the tool and get ready to set your net in place.
  7. Locate your Central Tensioning System cord(s). – The middle of your net is “powered” by a system of pulleys and springs that distributes the force exerted by the Titan tool across the entire net, stretching it tight evenly. This central area is, in turn, tensioned by CTS lines.
  8. Finish your pool safety net installation by tensioning your net. – Attach your first CTS line to your Titan Tool, then the second to its anchor point. Crank the handle on the Titan Tool, tensioning the system until it is taut and secure, preventing access to the pool area.
  9. Check Your Work. – Physically double-check the full circumference of your pool, verifying the slack you have. Your net should not pull away from the deck surface more than 1-2 inches, which means it is tight enough to prevent a child or animal from sneaking under, can flex as needed with tension or loads, but not so much to remove a clip from an anchor. Remove your Titan Tool, plug the deck sleave, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having a secured pool

Pool Safety Net Removal

Let’s be honest. Yes, you want a safe pool, but you built your pool to use. For most of our customers, while pool safety net installation is more important, removal is a lot more fun. With a bit of practice, your pool net can be stored in a matter of minutes.

  1. Position your roller and Titan Tool. – Install your Titan Tool in its deck sleeve and attach your roller to its anchor point opposite the starting anchor and clip. 
  2. Attach the Titan Tool to its CTS line. – Once attached, crank your Titan tool enough to allow for unclipping of the CTS line from its anchor point, then back off the tension until your CTS is slack, the net is drooping slightly, and clips can be removed easily from anchors.
  3. Unclip your net from the anchors. – Leaving your net anchored directly in front of your roller, methodically unclip the net from its anchor points, moving in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This includes anchors placed in the deck, on a wall, or on other structures. It can be helpful to move the clips, once disconnected, towards the pool for easier rolling.
  4. Start your net on the roller. – You’re almost done with the pool safety net removal already. Unfasten the clips anchored closest to the roller and feed them onto the roller mechanism. At this point, your net should be completely free of its anchors and ready to wind.
  5. Roll your net up.  – Steadily roll your net up, avoiding snags or catches. If your net does catch on something, pause the process, free it gently, then resume winding the net onto the spool. 
  6. Store your net and roller. – You should now move your roller to a place where it will be out of the way, not cause a hazard, but be readily accessible when it’s time for pool safety net installation again.
tan pool net installed on a backyard pool with rock formations
tan pool net installed on a backyard pool with rock formations

Get Your Free Pool Safety Estimate

We’re ready to start you on the path to a safer pool area with a no-cost, no-obligation quote tailored to your pool’s needs. A removable mesh pool fence backed up by a pool safety net creates a pool area that is protected from unsupervised usage when you can’t be there to watch the action. Your local installer is right down the street and ready to take a look at your pool area, get some measurements, and give you actionable information to make the best decision about your pool’s safety. Protect your friends, family, and pets. Schedule a quote from the pros at Lifeguard on Duty today.

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