Safeguard your pool
With fencing down across Bay County, residents should be extra aware of the dangers of exposed and accessible swimming pools.
As clean up continues following Hurricane Michael, the Florida Department of Health reminds people to take extra precautions to avoid dangers associated with swimming pools. Many fences are down as well as pool enclosures and pool fencing following the storm. In Florida, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages one to four.
The Florida Department of Health recommends multiple barriers of protection to help ensure safety and prevent drowning. Following the storm, we know this may be difficult. Temporary pool fencing or fencing may be available to help protect children and pets stay away from pools that do not have barriers. You can contact your pool company, fencing company, or find these items at your local home improvement store.
Keep a close eye on your children. If you have a pool that no longer has a barrier, make sure to closely supervise them at all times. If your neighbor has a pool and no longer has fencing, make sure to watch your children closely so that they don’t wander into your neighbor’s yard. Drowning happens quickly and quietly. In the time it takes to throw in a load of dirty laundry, a catastrophe can happen.
For more information on drowning prevention and recommended protections, visit WaterSmartFL.com.
Panama City Beach Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 233-5100.