Having a pool is the epitome of luxury to many people, but it’s also a serious responsibility. Pools may be centers of summer fun and fitness during the day, but they can also be a dangerous liability. Unintentional drowning accounts for up to 10 deaths in the U.S. every day. That’s 3,533 deaths a year. Scariest of all, one in five people who die from drowning are children under 14.
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If you have a pool and/or hot tub, it’s imperative to implement safety measures to prevent drownings and accidents. While most Americans think they are great swimmers, it’s estimated that less than 45% of citizens know basic water-safety skills. Even more frightening is that only 56% of Americans have knowledge of the five core swimming skills. With this in mind, pool owners (public AND private) are responsible for the safety conditions surrounding any open water that may pose a threat to small children or uneducated swimmers.
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When it comes to pool safety, there is no such thing as being too safe. With an average of 10 drowning deaths per day, If you have a pool or hot tub and have children living in your home or neighborhood, it’s imperative to air on the side of caution. While simply putting a cover over your pool while it’s not in use may seem like a great way to go,
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About 20% of drowning victims are 14 years old or younger, yet more than half of these drownings could be prevented by an isolation fence. A large part of this tragic statistic lends itself to the lack of pool safety fences, gates, and covers. Swimming pool fencing companies have found a new way to keep pools safe for kids without taking away from the overall look of the home.
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A new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that drownings among young children have dropped significantly in Florida. While the state leads the country in child drownings, 2015 has brought a 10% decrease in deaths. The Commission stated there have been 44 media-reported deaths related to pool and spa drownings.
While this is a step in the right direction for Florida, there is still plenty to be done.
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Pools are meant for enjoying warm weather and family fun. Without the proper precaution, things can turn tragic in the matter of seconds. Pools and hot tubs are especially dangerous for children. About 20% of drowning fatalities are children under the age of 15. There are measures pool owners should take to avoid unnecessary accidents, including pool safety nets, pool fencing, and enforcing strict rules around the pool area.
These accidents include:
Drowning: Between 2005 and 2009,
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Pool safety is a common concern for many parents. After all, there are more than 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the U.S. Any open water can be dangerous for people of all ages but 20% of drowning victims are children younger than 14. Keeping children away from open water isn’t always easy but there are many ways to lower the risk of accidents. Educating yourself as a pool owner and a parent is the best way to keep everyone safe.
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Pool Guard manufacturing is a family owned business, which whole heartily believes in our tag line “Making Pools Safe For Kids!” For us it not just about keeping them safe around the pool, it’s about keeping them safe in today’s society. Water may be the enemy and #1 cause of death for children under age five but today’s children have many other enemies to be protected from in this day in age. Child abductions are on he rise,
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Pool covers have become a very popular purchase because they solve several problems for you the homeowner, for you the recreational facility manager, and for you the preservation company.
- Slow down or stop evaporation
- Cut down on chemical use which saves money
- Help retain pool heat which saves energy
- Keep yard debris out of pool for less maintenance
- Is a SAFETY barrier for saving a life
Once you have narrowed down your reason or reasons for potentially purchasing a pool cover your need to understand the different covers out on the market.
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The purpose of a pool safety fence is pretty obvious especially given the legal requirements in states like Florida and several other pool fence mandated states. The pool safety fence provides protection and each section of pool safety fence has a spring driven latch. Some will use this as their gate. The downside of using a “drop back” type of gate is that it is not self closing or self latching. What that means is that if someone goes into the pool and leaves it open then an accident can occur.
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