According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death and approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Two of those ten people are youth and children 14 years of age and younger. In fact, in 10 states, including Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death for that age group.
One of the main factors in drowning incidents is improper pool, including hot tubs and spas, barriers or a lack thereof. Even if pool barriers are in place, accidental drownings can still occur if they are not tall enough, and children can get through or under them.
There are several guidelines for pool barriers depending upon what type of barrier you choose. The cost of installing or improving pool barriers is a small one to pay to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Even updating a three-sided property fence to a four-sided isolation fence can decrease the chances of children drowning by 83 percent, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.