Drowning has become the Number 1 cause of death among
children under the age of 14, according to the March 1989
issue of the "American Journal of Public Health".
In 1988, near drowning accounted for 283 children being brain
The following safety features will serve as
guidelines for all homeowners:
A fence around the pool. The fence should be
at least five feet high and the slats no more than four
inches apart, the same standard as staircase railing.
Do not count the back of your house as a
fourth side of the fence. Your child only needs to open the
back door to get out of the pool.
The fence should not have a self-closing and
latching gate that should be checked regularly to make sure
it is always working properly.
If you're using a chain link fence, make sure
the opening are 1 x 1-inch so children cannot use the
openings to climb up and get access to the pool.
A gated alarm monitors entry into the pool
A closed-circuit camera monitors the pool
A fully automatic pool cover with a pump to
remove rainwater that may collect on a sagging cover. (A
young child drowned in a few inches of water that collected
on the pool cover). When using the pool, always open the
cover all the way and when finished, close it completely to
avoid swimmers, young children and pets from being trapped
underneath. The pool cover should extend to cover the Jacuzzi
which should never be kept hotter than 120-130 degrees.
Lifesaving equipment such as a pole, rope,
life ring and even an outside telephone should be installed
next to the pool in case of an emergency.
Avoid jagged-rock designs, opt for bullnosed
coping to reduce the possibility of cuts, scrapes and
bruises. Handrails should be provided for added safety.
Teach your child with professional swim
lessons at an early age. If you have a pool in your backyard,
have a professional instructor come to your home and teach
your child in his own environment.
Safety for Toddlers is familiar with several
pool fence companies which have a fail-safe record. Before
you have a pool fence installed, call Safety for Toddlers and
we will refer you to an expert in the pool fence field who
will help you design a safe enclosure.
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