First, check for any spaces or holes that toddlers can slip through. so
Do the fist test. If your fist can fit through any gap in the fence, it’s too large. It should be less than four inches.
And finally, check along the ground to make sure that older children can’t lift it up enough to let smaller children through.
And if you don’t have a pool fence, please consider installing one (climb-resistant mesh fence is best) around your pool.
Depending on the law that pertains to you, it will probably need to be somewhere between four and six feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate with pool alarms.
A four-foot fence is the minimum height requirement in some regions. Is it just me, or does that seem awfully short?
And even if you do have a fence, close supervision is still essential. Children will find creative ways to scale it. Remove any structures that gain access to the pool. Some structures include but are not limited to outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
Also if your children often visit friends and or relatives with a pool, please encourage them also to fence it in.
Do the same for other water sources, such as spas and landscape water features. so
If your next door neighbor has a pool, hopefully, it’s fenced in. If not make sure that your child doesn’t have any access to your neighbor’s pool:
Check your yard fence for any spaces or gaps that your little one might be able to slip through.
Do the fist test just as you would do with your pool fence. Any four-inch holes are too large.
And remember to check along the ground. Can an older child help a smaller child crawl under your fence?
And many of these swimming pools are neighbor’s pools. I just Googled “drowning in neighbor’s pool.” A massive amount of results popped up.
Children sneak out of their homes early in the morning or in the middle of the night, and then they’re later found in a neighbor’s pool not breathing and unresponsive. There are countless stories like this.
“Starting around 18 months, toddlers suddenly realize, ‘I’m my own person,’” Dr. Klein says. So they’re eager to get out of the stroller and check out the world on their own. “They don’t understand that when they run off, adults can’t necessarily see or protect them,” she explains.
If you don’t have a fence, install a climb-resistant mesh fence as soon as possible.
Make sure your gate is closed.
Maintain your self-closing self-latching gate.
Check for any spaces or holes that toddlers can slip through. Do the fist test.
Check along the ground to make sure that older children can’t lift it up enough to let smaller children through.
Don’t allow your kids to climb the fence. Remove any structures that gain access to the pool.
And even if you do have a fence, close supervision is still essential.
If your children often visit friends and or relatives with a pool, encourage them to also fence it in.
If your neighbor has a pool, check your yard fence for any spaces or holes. Do the fist test.
Check along the ground to make sure small children can’t get through.
If you have any thoughts on the subject or experiences that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.
The more real stories that we can share the more of an impact it will have. I witnessed firsthand how the Facebook post invoked an unquestionable emotional response.
She’s more motivated now than ever before to make sure her children are water safe. so
It also made me more aware of just how these real and compelling stories can inspire parents to take the necessary steps to ensure their children are safe from any water hazards.
So, if you have any stories at all that you think might produce the same results, please share. If a family installs a fence around their pool because of sharing your personal experience; you’d be likely saving a life.
And by merely sharing this newsletter you’d be doing a service. So please share with everyone or with anyone that you think might benefit from this information.
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