One family's tragedy made us stop and take action.
One day after moving into a house with a pool, two sisters (ages 1 and 2) have drowned. Getting a pool fence was on the family's to-do list ... but now it's too late.
The girls drowned at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning. 2-year-old Veronica Arias Ysabel, and her 18-month-old sister, Gloria, had gone back to bed after having a bottle. Their dad was on the computer and their mom was sleeping when the girls snuck out to the backyard and fell into the pool. Their dad found them at the bottom of the pool and called 911.
This story just makes us sick to our stomachs. Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. Three hundred kids under the age of 5 drown each year in swimming pools in the U.S. alone. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool.
If you have a pool, it's imperative to install a fence -- such as the Baby Guard mesh pool fence -- that's at least four feet high around all four sides of the pool. This fence should completely separate the pool from the house and play area of the yard.
As an added precaution, use a pool alarm like the Safety Turtle Pool Alarm ($249). A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), such as this mesh safety cover from AmeriMerc, may add to the protection of your children, but should not be used in place of the fence between your house and the pool. Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, as children may become entrapped under it. Remove the cover completely.
Read momlogic's pool safety resource guide for more pool safety tips.
Our hearts go out to Veronica and Gloria's family in this tragic time.