Opinion: Above-ground pools dangerous
We recently narrowly averted a potential tragedy in our town when a young child nearly drowned in an aboveground swimming pool. Please ensure that your pool or spa does not become drowning hazard. A child can drown in the interval it takes to answer a telephone.
Ideally, in-ground pools are fenced with substantial materials, at least four feet high, resistant to climbing and with fencing spaced to prevent the passage of a 4-inch sphere. Gates should be self-closing and self-latching gates, with the latch at least 4 feet high.
Similar protection is important for aboveground pools, and may include ladders that can be secured in a raised position to prevent access when adult supervision is not present. Safety covers or alarm systems are also available.
If you have any questions, please consult your town’s building code official, a trained swimming pool installer or www.poolsafely.gov.
Geoff Nelson, Town Health Officer, Addison
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