The Importance of Mesh Pool Fence vs. Wrought Iron

Boy drowns, sister survives after being found in pool

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Boy drowns, sister in critical condition

PHOENIX – Police are investigating two drowning incidents involving two children at the same house near 71st Ave. and McDowell.

A 4-year-old boy died as a result and his 5-year-old sister was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Glendale Fire tells 3TV the father was home at the time. Both kids were found in the pool in the backyard in what they described as “murky” water. The girl reportedly began screaming at some point and got the father’s attention. When the dad went outside the boy had slipped under the water.

The pool had a fence, but due to the design which has curls on it, both children were able to climb the fence and get in the pool.


  Brandi wrote @ April 20th, 2009 at 9:57 am

A lot of people don’t realize that just because there is a fence around a pool, doesn’t mean your children are safe. That’s why water safety education is so important! Iron fences are not child proof. Children who love to climb will see the iron fence as a playground and can easily scale the fence. I’ve seen it happen. They are like monkeys! Mesh pool fences that are at least 4 or 5 feet high are the best alternative. Plus, making sure there is nothing near the fences that children can use as a stepping tool to get over the fence. Homeowners with pools should get a professional consultation about their pool being safe instead of assuming just having a fence is enough. There are lots of fences out there that are not child proof! And most importantly, barriers are not a susbstitute for adult supervision.

I have a toddler myself and as soon as I became a mother, my family had a mesh pool fence installed. Though we have a fence, we still monitor our children around water and always make sure someone is a designated child watcher. We never leave our children unattended. My deepest sympathies goes out to all the families who have had to deal with child drownings.

  GarykPatton wrote @ June 16th, 2009 at 4:52 am

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