Pool safety expert on alert after one toddler dies, another on life support

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A toddler is on life support after falling into a pool over the weekend. This is the second incident in just two weeks involving children and pools.

On Monday, we spoke to experts about the importance of water safety and measures you can take.

The pool company we spoke with, along with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says every year as soon as the weather gets warmer, we hear about children wandering into pools.

Officials say as tragic as these cases are, they are hundred percent preventable.

On Saturday, the Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home, near Clovis and Ashlan Avenues.

“The person in the house reported they found their two-year-old son floating in the pool, it appears the child was in the water for up to 10 minutes,” says Tony Botti with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second incident in two weeks involving a child and a pool.

Last Wednesday, in Visalia, a 15-month-old boy died after his aunt discovered him in a pool as well.

Deputies say as the weather gets warmer children get drawn to the water.

A pool company we spoke with says prevention is key.

“There’s nothing like supervision,” says Bryan Hauser with J&S Pool & Spa Service.

Hauser says it’s the law for new pool construction to have dual barriers.

“Not just an alarm system, not just fence system but you have to have two barriers of prevention from people getting into the arena or the area near the pool,” He says.

There’s also sensor devices, so any time there’s movement in the water, an alarm sounds off.

What are the pool fencing requirements in California?

According to California Law:

For all pools or spas built, erected, or remodeled after 2007, the pool fencing requirements in California state that they must have one or more of the following safety devices:

1.    Fencing that isolates it from the home with a gate that opens away from the pool and has a latch 60 inches from the ground. The height of the fence has to be over 60 inches and the  gaps in the slats can’t allow a 4 inch diameter sphere (or head) through. Oh…there can’t be any handhold that would allow a child to climb up the fence.

2.    A removable mesh fencing with a gate that is self-closing and self-latching.

3.    An approved safety pool cover…that includes a self-locking spa cover.

4.    Exit alarms on doors that give direct access to the pool.

5.    Doors that give direct access to the pool must be self-closing and have a self-latching device over 54 inches  high.

6.    A swimming pool alarm that alerts when a person enters the pool. It must be in the pool. It doesn’t count if the alarm must be worn by the child to alert.

7.    Another protective device that exceeds the previous pool fencing requirements in California.

The gates and other devices range in price but Hauser says the few hundred dollars can help save a life.

“It needs to be priority, we don’t want these stories coming out about people losing their grand-kids, or their nephews, or their daughters or their sons,” Hauser expressed.

In the incident from Saturday, deputies say a neighbor is the one who started CPR on the child. Deputies say having that skill could be the factor of life or death.

For more information on CPR classes visit: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/locations/central-valley.html

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