Your Pool Gate Isn’t Safe Enough

A pool in your backyard is an awesome addition to your house. Whether it’s in-ground or above-ground, a pool offers plenty of fun and recreation for you and the kids. It’s also a terrific social gathering point, ideal for inviting friends, family, and neighbors over for cookouts and relief from the summer heat. But pools can be dangerous—especially to young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 and most of those drownings occur in a home swimming pool. Of course, what makes these statistics even more unimaginably sad than they already are is their preventable nature.

This is why everyone with the volatile combination of young kids and a home pool should install a barrier of some sort—typically a fence. A pool fence will definitely help keep your kids safe and greatly reduce the drowning risks—but only if you do it right.

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