June 22, 2004
Lake Park - Want to cool off? Take a dip in your pool, then look around and make sure the area is safe for children.
Over 250 children under age five drown each year in backyard pools. To prevent drownings, most communities require 48-inch tall fencing around the pool.
Fences alone aren't enough, make sure the gate locks are working properly. Secondary measures can include mesh child safety fences and pool alarms. BUT parental supervision is the most important.
"Children need to be watched around swimming pools. It's really the responsibility of the parents to make sure that instances of drownings don't occur," said Allan Jepson of Jepson Pool Service.
In most drowning cases, adults were nearby but NOT watching the children.
Posted at 5:00PM by Armen Jeknavorian