When you think about pool fences and pool safety, you may only think about keeping children and pets safe. But, pools can be just as dangerous for adults as they can for kids, especially if those adults can’t swim.
This story out of Minnesota proves this point perfectly.
An adult was swimming in a pool at an apartment complex when he wandered off into the part of the pool that was eight feet deep. It was at this point that he sank to the bottom and remained there for several minutes.
Other adults realized the man was in distress and began calling for help because none of them could swim, much like the man who was drowning. That was when an 11-year-old boy, who only weighed 70 pounds, dove in to save him. The boy knew how to swim and was able to pull the 170-pound man up to the side of the pull where other adults helped to get him out to safety. The man was resuscitated and was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
While we may not hear many stories like this often, it emphasizes the point that pool fences can protect everyone from potential water tragedies, even adults. There is no word whether a pool fence was in place in this case. But, if there was one and it was locked, the adults who didn’t know how to swim would not be near the pool, especially if there was no lifeguard on duty.
When you own a pool, installing a pool fence is crucial to keep all guests safe. While you may assume that all adults can swim, we’ve learned that is certainly not the case. Anytime there is no lifeguard on duty, your pool fence should be closed and locked to prevent tragedy.
If you don’t have a pool fence and are interested in installing one, contact Protect-A-Child Pool Fence. We can educate you about the importance of having a pool fence installed at your home. Call us today so we can start making your pool area safer!