This is a true story. 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. 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 it only takes a few seconds to lose track of a toddler, especially when your distracted. So while 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.
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 danger and will try not to 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 my 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 clases 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 with a pool alarm. We offer one here at ForSecuritySake that works well for in ground pools and there are many others in pool stores and on the Internet.
You can learn more about our Pool Alarm here
Please be safe out there!