Home pools are becoming more common every day in Florida. They provide an excellent means of recreation for your entire family and friends a large part of the year.
But beware: They are dangerous if not monitored properly.
Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five in Florida, Arizona, and California with a ranking of number two for over a dozen other states. For every drowning there are eleven near drowning incidents, according to government statistics; many of which result in totally disabling brain damage.
The majority of the parents involved were responsible people who thought it could never happen to their family. They were careful and had close supervision over their children. Many were in good income brackets, educated, and could afford nice homes with pools in family oriented communities. So, we are literally talking about people who could live next door to you.
A study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to find out how child drowning incidents occur indicates that SUPERVISION CAN AND DOES FAIL.
The latest Commission report recorded an average of 279 children under five fatally drowning per year – that’s over 3 times as many deaths per year as the heavily covered “Swine Flu,” which prompted a media frenzy.
The investigation by the Commission was directed at children under age five in Arizona, California, and Florida who had drown in home swimming pools. If drowning were a disease it truly would be referred to as an epidemic with all the public attention and awareness possible focused on an epidemic of such proportion.
Pool Safely Steps
Supervision is always your primary layer of pool safety protection, but as the study shows, 69 percent of the drowning incidents occurred when parental supervision failed and there were no other “backup layers” in use.
If you own a pool this is a must! Install a protective removable pool fence that will eliminate access to the pool for young children and pets.
Pool fencing is the only layer of protection that provides a physical barrier between your home and the pool. A mesh pool fence is a must. If you wouldn’t own a car without seat belts, do not own a pool without a fence. Pool fences should be at least 4 feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that opens away from the pool. Removable safety fencing has proven, over the past forty years, to be the most practical and effective barrier against pool drowning short of putting up a permanent rail fence. Life Saver Systems has manufactured the highest quality mesh pool safety fencing for over 30 years. Pool fence constructed of see-through mesh is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but allows increased visibility for additional safety.
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With no commitment required, Fabri-Tech provides free quotations. Our helpful staff can help you narrow down an option for your pools’ safety fence in Florida, explaining the pros and cons of numerous materials and options.