Picking the Right Fence for Families with Kids

What type of fence is best for kids? Keeping your children safe is your main priority as a parent in Salem County. Toddlers are wanderers and you want to feel confident in letting them play around your yard. If you have kids or grandkids and are thinking about installing a new fence, consider the fence characteristics in this article before choosing a fencing material. This way you can sit back and relax as your children play.

Vinyl Fence for Your Children's Play Area

Vinyl or PVC fences are good choices for families with small kids. Vinyl offers not only a low maintenance fence but also is a material that won’t harm anyone with splinters or sharp edges like chain-link or wood. Vinyl is easy to clean as well. It is a well built material that will stand up to weather and years of service. 


While many of our clients here at Salem County Home Services enjoy the classic look of a wood or chain-link fence. These fencing materials could injure young kids. Wood posts, panels and fence rails can leave splinters behind in the hands of children. Chain link fencing may have some sharp spots. So these things are to be considered. 

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Keep kids safe with a fenced in yard.

Child Proof Gates

Gates may be just as important as the type of fence you choose. It is necessary to have the best child proof gate latch, so as your children play safely outdoors in the yard, you can relax . Our fence installers are experts at assisting you in picking out the proper gate and latch system for homeowners with children and pets.


Best Pool Fence Lock

The D&D Series 3 Child Safety Gate Pool Latch is a good choice even if you don’t have a pool to need this latch. The MagnaLatch is designed for taller pool gates as well as for gardens and residential fence gates. The built-in lock helps to prevent unauthorized entry into your yard or pool and cannot be shaken open. Perfect for kids and toddlers. 

For Under $80 this latch is money well spent. 


Childproof Fence Gate Lock

Another childproof fence gate lock is the D&D Black Two-Sided Key-Lockable General Purpose Gate Latch. This gate latch and lock can be locked or unlocked from either side of the gate. Perfect for those taller gates that you can’t reach over. 

This child resistant gate lock offers

  • Fits any metal, wood or vinyl square post gate
  • Operates and locks from both sides of the gate
  • Easy DIY installation with vertical and horizontal adjustability
portrait of a little boy standing against a picket fence gate
Is your gate latch childproof?

Fence That Is Tough to Climb

You will want a fence that kids can’t climb. Our pick for a fence that works to keep climbing kids inside and intruders outside would be a vinyl or wood stockade style fence. The smooth surface and lack of a place to put your foot makes these fence types great for climbing kids, pets that are escape artists and work well to keep strangers from climbing your fence too. 


An aluminum picket style fence is also hard to climb, provided it is taller than 5 feet. Aluminum fence is a bit more expensive than vinyl, but is the best option if you want a secure fence that no one can climb, yet still have a view outside or through the fence.

Fence Codes for Safety

Salem County, New Jersey Fence Codes 

Here are the fence codes in: 


You can also go to our main menu above, click the drop down for the location in Salem County and click it. It will take you to that town’s page. You can find all the building codes, permits and zoning you will need for your new fence installation. Plus the township building code office phone number if you have any questions. Our fence contractor help you with all of that.

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Fence installer building a children's playground fence.

Our Fence Installers Can Help You Pick the Right Fence

Picking the right fence material when you have kids can be a difficult task. Talk with one of our fence experts about what your needs are and what you want from your new fence. They will take fence project goals and help you make the right decision. Contact us today through our online form below.

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