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1Drowning Prevention Tips

Swimming pools should be fenced from the rest of the house. The fence should be a compliant safety fence…and not simply an improvised fence installed by a developer or local contractor. A Pool Safety Net provides an alternative secure barrier to entry.

The area adjacent to the outside of the pool safety fence must be free of objects which may aid children in climbing over the fence. These include items such as chairs, tables, ladders, tree branches, etc.

The gate to the pool safety fence should be self-closing and self-latching, opening outwards away from the pool. The gate latch should be placed at the top of the gate and be inaccessible from the outside by small children. It should also be possible to lock the gate with a removable key. All doors and windows leading to the pool should be secured and locked at all times.

Assign an adult Water Watcher to supervise the pool/spa area during social gatherings. Arrange a rota, so the task does not become tedious. Never allow young children to be left alone in and around the pool for a moment…and always maintain eye contact. If you must leave the swimming pool area, even for one minute, take your child with you.

Babysitters and guardians should always be instructed about potential hazards in and around the pool. All adults, children and baby-sitters should learn and practice CPR.

Mount flotation devices designed for lifesaving (such as a lifebuoy) near the pool. Better still, keep a Safety Hook to reach a submerged child in the event of an emergency.

Look in the pool area first if a child is missing.

Never keep toys around, or in, a swimming pool, when not in use. Kids are attracted to toys and might try to get them. Always keep a phone near the pool in case of an emergency. Post easy-to-see emergency numbers (199 or 112) by the pool and also by the nearest telephone

2Drowning Statistics

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children aged 14 and under. Child drownings can happen in a matter of seconds – in the time it takes to answer the phone, or open the front door to a caller.

A child who cannot swim can die of drowning in just 27seconds.Around 100 children die in Spain every year. Each year, there are 600 to 800 swimming pool-related drowning deaths in the USA alone. Of all age groups, children aged 1-4 have the highest drowning death rate.

Approximately half of all drownings involving children under five occur in residential swimming pools.

For every child drowning, up to 14 children are taken to hospital emergency departments, and four are admitted to hospital. Of children surviving near-drownings, there is up to a 20% chance of brain damage due to lack of oxygen, which may give rise to severe and permanent disabilities.

In the ‘under 4 years of age’ group, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

Remember: water with it’s rippling, shimmering appeal is a magnet for children. Children under the age of six have no fear of water and no concept of death. They associate water with play and not with danger.

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  • L. Tomlin.
    We are beyond thrilled to breathe easier knowing our pool is enclosed. Our 14 month old had gotten pretty mobile and we were very anxious. Bo and Kathy were just so wonderful to work with – you will definitely be getting plenty of referrals from us.
    L. Tomlin.
    Tennesse
  • Scott & Vicki G.
    We chose this fence for couple of reasons…no metal so it won’t get hot, it won’t rust on our patio, you can easily see through the mesh, and the fence can be easily taken down. The tension and construction will keep our little ones SAFE!
    Scott & Vicki G.
    Vail, Arizona
  • Barbara K.
    This product is a must for all grandparents. We have had our Protect-A-Child fence since 2006. I would recommend this fence to anyone that wants peace of mind when their grandchildren visit!
    Barbara K.
    The Villages Florida

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