Water You Waiting For? | Here's Why Your Swimming Pool Needs a Fence

March 8, 2017

As the year winds down, so do the average temperatures across many states in the US. Bare feet and swimsuit-clad days spent at the beach are often replaced with days spent indoors or in the snow. But for residents across the country who have access to heated swimming pools or spas, they are able to enjoy the aquatic

With these luxuries come undeniable risks, though. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury in the United States; of the 10 people who die each day for this reason, two of them are children aged 14 or younger. Luckily, the services provided by swimming pool fencing companies can help you reduce the risks that lead to unintentional drowning. If you think floaties and summertime swimming lessons are sufficient, think again: here’s why investing in a safety guard fence can make a lifesaving difference.

  • Swimming pool fences can cut the risk of unintentional drowning in half — and the percentage increases for children. Research indicates that appropriate pool fencing significantly reduces the risk of drowning, and more than half of all swimming pool drownings among young children could be prevented by four-sided fencing that completely separates the pool from the house and the yard. Even more astounding, a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child?s risk of drowning 83 percent compared to three-sided property-line fencing. Barriers, such as pool fencing, prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers? awareness.
  • Many Americans underestimate their swimming abilities. Considering that 36 percent of children aged seven to 17 years and 15 percent of adults in the United States swim at least six times per year, it might shock you to learn that nearly half of all Americans don’t know basic water safety skills. A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Red Cross also revealed that only 56 percent of Americans can perform the five core swimming skills.
  • The cost of services provided by swimming pool fencing companies is notably less expensive than the cost of a hospital visit — or worse. Homeowners may balk at the average price of a swimming pool fence, which Homeadvisor.com estimates to be around $1,125. However, the average cost of an emergency room visit in 2016 is $1,233 and the cost to get there via ambulance is roughly $164 per mile — and that situation is significantly less pleasant to deal with.

For many Americans, regardless of their parental status, there is no reason to set yourself up for the risks posed by unprotected swimming pools. The solution to offset those hazards is both preemptive and readily available through swimming pool fencing companies, making it a simple recourse for a malevolent problem.

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