Reports have shown that child drownings are the second leading cause of accidental death around the home for children under the age of 5. In some southern and warm weather states, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in the home for children under the age of 5. One way to prevent your child from drowning is to put up swimming pool barriers.
While they are not child proof, barriers provide layers of protection for a child if there is ever a lapse of adult supervision. They also give parents additional time to find a child before the unexpected can occur. Barriers can be fences, walls, door alarms, and power safety covers of the pool, and should be located in an area that prohibits permanent structures, equipment, or similar objects from being used to climb the barriers.
Fences that completely surround the pool are great for safety and should be a minimum of 4 feet high, but fences that are 5 foot or higher are preferable. If your home serves as one side of the barrier, install a door alarm on any doors that lead to the pool so that you are alerted if your child goes outside. Pool covers add an extra layer of safety for your child. There are a wide variety of options on the market and when kept in good, working condition, they can help save a life.