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Above Ground Pools May Be Breaking Florida Law

By on August 15, 2016

With nearly year round warm weather, Florida is the perfect place for a backyard pool. While not everyone can afford an in ground pool, many can afford a cheaper version—the above ground pool. What many Floridians may not know is that their above ground pool could be breaking the law. Though quite a bit cheaper, above ground pools are required to adhere to the same safety statutes that the more expensive in ground pools must adhere to.

According to state law, a pool of any type that’s over 24 inches deep must have a barrier, and a property fence doesn’t count. Such laws are mandated by Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act, which was designed to prevent the accidental drowning of children. Studies have shown that, every five days during a Florida summer, a child under the age of five drowns in a residential pool. Every swimming pool in Florida is required to have a barrier surrounding it that is at least 48 inches high. Read the rest »

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Arlington Girls Drowns, Florida Leads Nation in Child Drownings

By Eddie Farah on June 14, 2008

These are the sorts of stories we hear far too many of in the summer.

This weekend a six-year-old girl drowned at a pool party in the Arlington section of Jacksonville. About a half dozen children were in the pool, which the sheriff’s office reports was “cloudy”.

The girl went under the surface and none of the adults at the home saw her. When they finally did, one person tried to resuscitate the girl but she was pronounced dead after being taken to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in young children who drown in swimming pools. Most of the time it happens in the back yard. Most of the children are under the age of five. Read the rest »

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