Parenting

Safety Pool Fences

If you are considering installing a pool, or your moved to a house which came with a pool. The first thing you will need to do is to make sure you have a fence that you can trust around it.  Did you know that death by drowning is the number one cause of death of children in three states: California, Arizona, and Florida, and did you realize that drowning is the number 2 cause of death of children across the United States?

Having a pool in your yard or home could be just as dangerous as having a loaded handgun. If a child pulls the trigger of a gun, usually someone would hear the gun shot. If a toddler trips and falls into the pool after reaching for a toy, chances are the small splash will not be heard. It only takes a couple of minutes for a child to drown and even less time for the child’s brain to be damaged.

Safety Tips for children and caretakers around pools:

  • Install a safety fence and keep the fence locked when you are not there to supervise. Not only could your children explore or play around the pool when you are not looking, but so could a neighborhood child.
  • Make sure you or another trusted adult is supervising and does not leave the pool area for even a minute. If you or your caretaker would need to leave the pool area, take your children with you.
  • Keep all pool toys in a bin and away from the pool itself. Put away all toys after swimming time is over. Sometimes the toys can tempt children to go back into the pool when you are not there to watch. Also a child could trip on toys around the edge of the pool and fall in.
  • As a parent or caretaker you should receive CPR training and make sure you learn some lifeguard skills. It is important to know how to rescue somebody who is struggling in the water and how to perform CPR should the worst ever happen.
  • Have a phone handy in case an emergency situation would ever arise. You could call 911 quickly.

 

What to look for in a pool fence:

  • Make sure whatever variety and style you choose it meets the standards of the THE BOCA NATIONAL BUILDING CODE/1999.
  • Ask the contractor or provider about their specific fence and its safety features.

Additional Safety Precautions:

  • Install an alarm system on your outside doors and the fence gate. If your child should try to leave the house or open the gate without you knowing, the alarm will notify you.
  • Cut all tree limbs which hang over the pool to minimize the risk of your child climbing on them and falling in!
  • Remove all lawn chairs, ladders and furniture from the poolside which kids may crawl or climb on.

Swimming is such wonderful exercise and a fun way to cool off in the summer heat; with these safety measures in place, you can truly be able to enjoy your pool!

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