If you wouldn’t own a car without seat belts, you shouldn’t own a pool without a pool fence.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
A pool safety fence can mean the difference between a healthy and happy child and a horrible tragedy. Child safety experts agree that one of the best ways to protect toddlers from drowning is to isolate the swimming pool from the house with a pool fence. But many families don’t realize drowning is swift and silent, or that an unsecured backyard swimming pool is a frequent site for horrific tragedy.
That’s why the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) teamed up with Life Saver Pool Fence Systems, Inc. (Life Saver) during National Water Safety Month to promote the Save a Life Program. The initiative will provide free pool fences to families whose child suffered a non-fatal submersion injury or to families who lost a child to drowning, but have another young child living in the home. Through the program, Life Saver will donate free pool fencing and installation each time a system is sold. The NDPA will help find and select appropriate recipients, while simultaneously promoting pool safety education.
“This is an ambitious program in which the NDPA and Life Saver hope to donate several pool fences each month,” says Eric Lupton, president of Life Saver Systems, a manufacturer of mesh pool safety fencing. “Backyard swimming pools are taking young lives at an alarming rate. We need to think of pools the same way we think of other dangers. If you wouldn’t own a car without seat belts, you shouldn’t own a pool without a pool fence.” He adds that while getting fences around backyard pools is the program’s primary goal, increasing public awareness about the importance of all pool safety steps is equally important.
“Drowning is preventable if you identify the risk and take steps to minimize it,” says Kim Burgess, National Drowning Prevention Alliance executive director. “That’s why we promote the Safer 3 message.”
Life Saver Pool Fence Systems, Inc. is a Campaign Safety Leader with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. For every child who dies from drowning, it’s estimated that another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than half of submersion-injured children require higher levels of care; many sustain permanent, profound brain damage.
Life Saver Pool Fence Systems, Inc. has been manufacturing high quality removable pool safety fencing for over 25 years. Life Saver is a US Consumer Product Safety Commission CAMPAIGN SAFETY LEADER. Headquartered in Delray Beach, FL, Life Saver has distribution locations throughout the United States and in fourteen additional countries spanning five continents.
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a volunteer-driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2004. NDPA members are dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. The public is invited to join by visiting http://www.ndpa.org.