Protect Your Family and Friends With Swimming Pool Fencing

by Pool Builders on 03-29-2012 in Articles

Nothing turns a hot, humid summer at home into a fun, refreshing vacation better than a swimming pool. Who doesn't want the freedom to cool off in a clean, clear pool whenever they want? Who doesn't love the benefits that swimming offers the body or the fun parties that you will be able to host? Pools are the ultimate summer luxury. But, unfortunately, there is a darker side to these beautiful pools. If you have a pool, you also have the worry of accidental drowning. Swimming pool fencing can help protect your family and friends and give you the peace of mind that should come with a pool.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the second leading cause of death of children in the US. In California, it is the leading cause of death among children under age 14. The CPSC reports that about 500 children under age five drown in pools each year, and 3000 are treated for injuries suffered by near-drowning. Of these 3,000 children, 15 percent succumb to their injuries, and another 20 percent have irreversible brain damage. But this couldn't happen to you because you watch your children very carefully.

Seventy percent of children who drown are supervised by one or both parents. Most were last seen inside their homes and had been missing for less than five minutes. This is all it takes - turning your back to answer the phone, tending to another child, hopping into the shower - for your child to suffer severe and possibly fatal injuries. It can happen: the parents who lost their children to drowning are typically no less vigilant and caring. They just turned their back for a few minutes. And they may not have had adequate poolside safety.

When you have a pool, you should have multiple layers of protection. The first, and most important, layer is you. Adult supervision is crucial. But because parents and babysitters cannot be everywhere at once, and because determined kids can find a way to get out the door and go check out the pool, other barriers are needed. Having a safety fence with a self-latching gate can help prevent nearly all accidental drownings. Other precautions include safety covers and mesh pool nets.

Who should get a safety fence for their pool? Everyone who has a pool! Even if you do not have children, you have a potentially dangerous item in your backyard. Your neighbors may have children, your friends and family members may have children. You may have pets, and there are surely other pets around that could wander into your yard. You may not have children, but you do have a pool.

Not only is installing a safety fence the right choice to make, it is a legally sound choice. Even if your city or community doesn't require a safety fence, you can be held liable for accidents in your pool. There are even lawyers who handle swimming pool drowning cases exclusively. You do not need to be the next defendant. Taking precautions like proper fencing ensures that you do not find yourself in trouble with the law, and much more importantly, it ensures that you are protecting not only your family and friends, but every child who may not be able to resist the shimmering blue water of your pool.

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