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The Consumer Product Safety commission has reported that drowing is the leading cause of accidental death in and around the home for children under the age of 5 years in California, Arizona, and Florida.  Seventy Five percent of the children involved in swimming pool sumbersion or drowning accidents are between 1 and 3 years old.  Victims had been missing for 5 minutes or less when they were found in the pool drowned or submerged.  Other bodies of water, such as fish ponds and fountains have the same potential drowning hazards as pools.

Some tips for keeping your pool safer:


  1. Install a fence all the way around the pool a minimum of 48” high.
  2. Make sure the gap under the fence is no more than 2” above grade.
  3. Pickets on the fence should prevent the passage of a 4” sphere.
  4. Fences should be difficult to climb over (no ladder type rails or split rail fences)
  5. Chain link fences gaps should not exceed 1 ” unless filled with wood slats.
  6. Gates should be lockable, self closing, and open away from the pool.
  7. Gate latches should be a minimum of 54’ high, on the pool side of the fence, and a minimum of 3” below the top of the fence.
  8. The fence should not have openings greater than ” within 18” of a latch.
  9. Doors and screens with direct pool access should have an alarm audible for 30 seconds throughout the home.
  10. Interior doors should self close and the release should be at least 54” above the floor.


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