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Save A Child’s Life – Pool Fence Law Resources

August 6, 2015 Child Safety, Pets in your Pool  0

If you have a child, your pool must be fenced. It is smart and it is the law.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

Always watch your children around water!

Sobering fact: For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries). These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).

Best practice: Do not leave objects next to or near the fence that a child can use to climb on and shimmy over the fence.

Sobering fact: Barriers, such as pool fencing, prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers’ awareness.11 A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided property line fencing.

Best practice: Do not leave toys in the pool that look enticing to a child.

Sobering fact: Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects). Among those 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.

Best practice: Research has shown that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children aged 1 to 4 years.

Rental Property Tip: If you have renters in your rental home with a pool, even if they do not have children, as the home owner you are liable if something happens. Your property should be fenced and the gate should be locked.

Pets: A fence also keeps your dog(s) out of the pool.

Question: Where can I find info on pool fence or barrier laws?
Answer: Here are a couple of starting points.
Arizona Association of Realtors
and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

AMCO Pool Service thanks you for practicing safety and always watching your children around water!

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