Funny how sometimes the law can be inconsistent. Take pool fencing. In Texas, the Health and Safety code includes details on pool enclosures. Other states have different rules. You may say it’s not important, but remember: even a pail of water is dangerous for a toddler.
Statistics has it there could be greater reasons to put up a fence than just aesthetics. Usually, what adults fail to realize is it’s not grown men or women that suffer the biggest brunt of swimming pool incidents. More often than not, it’s the weakest and most promising part of society that suffers: toddlers.
Taking the Plunge
Swimming pools are like magical wonderlands for children and adults alike. It’s easy to think about fun activities involving the pool. No wonder pool parties are still popular.
However, there’s a flip side to this story.
You see, statistics has it nine people drown everyday in the United States. What is striking is that drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14.
Worse, most of these incidents involving children ages 1 to 4 take place in a residential swimming pool. A parent or somebody watching over was present in nearly 9 out of 10 child-drowning incidents.
Now, if you’re building a pool, you might as well put up a fence.
In many instances, a DIY pool fence has become man’s best friend. They are easy to install and light on the budget. A pool fence has proven to be one of the best ways to promote safety.
Another great saver is education. Toddlers aged 1-4 who have been given formal training in swimming are 88 percent less likely to drown, so educate your kids and yourself to keep everyone safe.