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Home Care
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections

Pool Safety

We lost several children last year and now, another preventable drowning of a child this week. The situation is always the same. A small child under adult supervision finds the pool. It only takes a few minutes of distraction for disaster to strike.

When people hear of a child drowning, often, their first thought is to blame the parents and think that they must be irresponsible for this to have happened. Perhaps this belief is a mechanism that helps reassure people that such a fate will never befall them?

In most cases, these parents are good, responsible people. It can be difficult to supervise a family of kids, as they are so quick and you can’t always be everywhere. These tragedies arise from a momentary oversight, not because of bad parenting.

There are always a lot of victims when a child drowns. Someone will feel responsible for years to come. Marriages may end in divorce due to intense guilt and blame. Siblings will miss their brother or sister and struggle to understand what happened. They will wonder why family life has forever changed. To anyone who thinks this can’t happen to them, please understand that the parents of every drowned child once believed this too. However, these pool drownings are 100% preventable. Make this the year you childproof your family’s pool to protect children that live in, or may visit your home.

Audible alarms, which range in cost from $40-$100 should be installed on every door and gate that gives pool access. This should include garage side doors. Through-wall or dog doors should be removed or at a minimum, sealed when a child is in the home. It should be obvious that a child will try to follow the pet or simply go through the pet door. Pool sensors are easy to install and begin at a price of $250. These sensors will alert you if there is movement in the pool while they are activated. Once again, prevention is the key when it comes to pool safety. Bring your pool up to current safety standards and save the life of a child.

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