This is a true story. We hope this will help to save children and even pets from drowning in your swimming pool.
The child involved in this tragic event was from my co-worker’s immediate family.
They thought they did all the right things. They checked out the licensed daycare home, saw that the swimming pool had a fence and a locked gate, but did not know that the toddler could get to the pool from a sliding glass door in the bedroom of the home. They also did not know that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death of children ages one through four in California.
The daycare owner knew her pool was safe, but what she didn’t know is that it only takes a few seconds to lose track of a toddler, especially when you are distracted. So while the daycare giver was on a five-minute phone call, the toddler slipped through the open sliding glass door and fell into the pool.
The pool had safety measures but did not have a cover or pool alarm. The Daycare owner found the child in the pool, but it was too late.
A pool alarm would have made the difference in this case because it would have sounded an alarm inside the home that someone had fallen into the pool.
Kids naturally gravitate to a pool. This photograph of my two-year-old grandson is not staged (We will call him Curious George). We were eating during a backyard party and the host’s pool was closed for dinner. George had been caught five minutes before trying to get around the fence gate by opening it from the inside. After being warned not to attempt this, he left to get a drink, and when he thought he could get away with it, here he is trying again. The gate would not open, but the point here is kids don’t know the danger and will keep trying different ways until they get in, or get caught.
Before retirement, while working on Patrol, I received possible drowning in pool calls every year. Your heart sinks even lower when the dispatch includes the word child. You think to yourself that if you can get there faster, this one may be saved. The lucky ones had parents or another person present that knew CPR, however, in most calls, this just was not the case.
Please!, if you have a pool, know CPR. There should be classes put on by your local jurisdiction.
Take all the steps you can to protect your children from your swimming pool with fences, covers, locks, and a pool alarm. We offer one here at ForSecuritySake that we think is one of the best on the market. It works well for inground pools and pools with a deck and it includes an indoor receiver.
You can learn more about our Pool Alarm here.
Remember our discount code. See the page header on how to get one.
Please be safe out there!