Florida takes pool safety seriously and anyone considering the installation of a pool should know they’ll be required to install measures that meet specific safety standards to prevent drowning. Those methods are more than a regulation – they’re an effective way to save lives.
Whenever people are spending more time at home, there will be more pool usage and that increases the risk of drowning. The previous year is an excellent example of that. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and initiated lockdowns and quarantines, pool usage rose. The death toll in 2020 increased by 70 percent over the previous year according to the non-profit organization Water Smart Tots.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1-4. Toddlers are masters of quick disappearances and it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown if they can access a swimming pool. They’re naturally curious and some pool covers aren’t designed to prevent a child from falling through into the water. Pools are also a safety risk for seniors and those with disabilities.
Florida defines a pool as any structure that’s 24 in. deep and requires that pools install at least one safety feature. That can be a fence that meets specific regulations, a pool cover that adheres to standards established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, a self-locking gate that accesses the pool, or an exit alarm for every door and window from which the pool can be accessed.
A fence is the best option to save lives. Those that choose a fence have a myriad of options from which to choose. A pool fence can be installed to create a barrier so that curious toddlers can be safe. Pool fences offer peace of mind to parents with small children and pets.
It only takes a moment for a child to drown in a pool. Elderly adults and those with a disability are also at risk, even if they know how to swim. Safety measures encompass multiple methods and there’s a solution to accommodate every budget.
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