I was certified as an infant swimming instructor in 2001. I had taken a leave of absence from my elementary school teaching position when my son was born in 2000. We built a swimming pool and I was determined to have all of my bases covered with regards to pool safety. The first thing we did was enroll my son, Brady, in Infant Swimming Resource lessons. When the pool deck was completed we also had a pool safety fence installed.
Archive for November, 2007
Here in Palm Beach County we recently installed a pool fence for a customer with two college age children; however, they lost their screen enclosure over their pool when Hurricane Wilma hit Palm Beach County. The customer’s insurance did not even cover half of what a new screen enclosure would have cost. For several months the customer’s Home Owners’ Association had been threatening the customer with fines if he did not either fence in his pool or replace the screen enclosure.
A few weeks ago a 14 month old baby boy drowned in his grandparents’ backyard swimming pool in Clearwater, Florida. This drowning made the local news and of course, as does every senseless drowning, made me shake my head because I know, as the manufacturer of pool safety fences, that every drowning is avoidable. Just yesterday I ran into an acquaintance and during the course of our conversation she told me that her nephew had recently passed away.
As the owner of the franchise The Real Estate Books Of Puerto Rico, Maria takes a personal interest in communication and advertising results for her advertising customers. “We are very selective about what products and services we allow to advertise in our books. They have to be related directly to real estate or home improvement”. Maria went on to say that she is very happy to have Pool Guard of Puerto Rico as a long term advertising partner.
Recently I met with a customer who had been told by several competing pool safety fence companies that a pool fence was not an option for them because their pool builder used thin pavers in the construction of their pool deck. Thin pavers when installed over soil or crushed concrete are not stable enough to safely hold a pool fence in place when using standard installation methods. The other companies apparently lacked the skill or knowledge level necessary to recommend an advanced installation method utilized by Pool Guard for just this type of situation.
The weekend of October 5-6-7 was an unusually sunny one for Northern California. On Thursday, the 4th, I joined my dad (and business partner!) at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds, site of the fall 2007 Alameda County Home Show. We were meeting Kevin, the guy who was helping us set up our backdrop. “You gotta have a good backdrop,” my dad told me, “or else no one’s even gonna look at your booth.” Kevin showed up with two helpers in tow;