Health Department Has Pool Safety Reminder
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:55
The start of summer has been challenging with multiple 90-degree days that have tested everyone‚Äôs ability to cope with the heat. Many families have taken to setting up pools in their backyards. That is a quick response, but one that comes with some responsibilities to keep your family and anyone who may visit your home safe.
‚ÄúEach summer we receive multiple complaints about back yard pools with no fence,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. ‚ÄúThis year is no exception. As our staff works in the county, they frequently see pools with no fence, and that is a real safety concern.‚ÄĚ
Backyard, above-ground swimming pools that are greater than 24 inches in depth must have the proper fence or wall around the pool and the proper permit from the Health Department. Many pools of this type can be purchased at local retailers.
The Health Department wants to make sure our residents are aware of the need to make certain everyone has a safe summer, by following the regulations, which can be found by going to the Home menu on the left side of our home page at www.douglascountyhealth.com,then click on Healthy Living, go to Permits and Applications and click on the Pool Ordinance.
Drowning remains a major public health concern, with the CDC reporting that from 2004-2014 drowning accidents claimed an average of 10 lives a day in the United States, with almost one more person dying daily from a boating-related drowning.
Many people who survive drowning accidents suffer brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities like memory problems or learning disabilities ‚Äď even permanent loss of basic functioning.