The National Safety Council reports that 330 children and adults drown annually in home swimming pool.
Each year, headlines note the deaths of infants and children who tumble into pools and drown because a gate was left open or they otherwise were able to gain access to a pool when no one was around to save them.
Swimming alone or without adult supervision also leads to many drownings.
Although many pool accidents are related to running and roughhousing, numerous injuries also are attributed to the pool, its accessories and general environment.
A Tampa Pool Fence - Pool Guard of Clearwater, Tampa, St. Petersburg, FL recommends a number of precautionary measures to reduce home pool hazards.
1. There should be a Pool Fence at least four feet high around all sides of the pool (please check your local code requirements; as state/county laws may vary) with a locked Pool Safety Gate to keep children out when there is no supervision. The Pool Safety Fence should be constructed so it’s difficult to climb. Lawn furniture, trees and shrubs should not be close enough to provide an easy boost over the Pool Fence.
2. The steps of the Swimming pool ladder should be at least three inches wide, and the ladder should have handrails on both sides small enough for a child to grasp.
3. There should be a ladder at both ends of the swimming pool.
4. Electrical equipment should be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local safety codes. Ground-fault circuit interrupters are now recommended for pool area installations.
5. Check with a reputable pool contractor to be sure the depth is sufficient for a diving board or slide. Always put a slide in a deep area of the pool-- never in shallow water.
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