Paul Cooper, Chief of Columbia County Fire Rescue says, "It don't take but a minute to take your eye off of a child and that child can be gone. Ya know, somebody could have a properly installed pool with proper fencing and as adults we got to be alert that this can still happen."
Pool safety can come in many forms…from area entry detectors, to pool entry alarms and especially fences…Cooper says, "If you have a private pool in your backyard the yard must be fenced in. There's alarms that go in the back door and locks, stuff of this nature."
Chief Cooper says he has responded to about four to five drowning calls over the last forty years at Columbia County Fire Rescue.
He says that making sure your fence is locked and up to code can help avoid tragedies like the one that happened over the weekend.
The Owner of Carefree Pools in Evans agrees and stresses the importance of making sure your gate is locked even when you are not home.
Michael Eastergard, Owner of Carefree Pools says, "I think one of the biggest things is get actual locks and put them on the gates. I know it's an inconvenience for people that actually live there, but I think it's probably smart, especially if you're going out of town."
Eastergard says having alarms on the inside of the house are also a big help, but keeping an eye on your kids is the biggest thing.
"Well there's obvious things that people would normally
think of, having a fence and having locks on the gates and things like that,
alarms on the doors even coming from inside the house. Probably the most
important thing is adult supervision," said Eastergard.
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