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New pools, hot tubs must have alarms to help save children from drowning

There are 9 comments on the story from Jan 31, 2011, titled New pools, hot tubs must have alarms to help save children from drowning. In it, reports that:

A Tennessee law that took effect this month requires new swimming pools to include alarms, but not everyone is convinced it will prevent children from drowning.

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Cookeville, TN

#1 Jan 31, 2011
I remember reading about the little girl in cookeville that drowned and it was such a sad story. But I guess my question is how was a child under two able to get to the pool? Now they are making people install alarms that only offer a false sense of security. The answer to this problem is not put alarms on the pool. It is to make it so that pools have to be enclosed and gated and that the latches to open the gate to the pool should be higher than a child of three could reach and they should have a mechanism that is two steps to open the gate. The second solution is to raise awareness with our children. if you instill to them that they are not allowed in the pool alone and you take the proper safety steps with having a gate you should not have much to worry about. The case of this little girl drowning happened while her mother was inside doing her hair. An alarm wouldnt have made much difference cause unless this alarm is the sound of a bull horn the mother would not have heard it inside the house. I agree that awareness needs to be put out there. but I feel like because this girl was the grand daughter or a prominent political figure in our community that the law got passed before it was really though out. So now when your swimming and your ten year old child who loves to jump in the pool jumps in an alarm will sound every time. That is just silly. I do not own a pool so i dont understand the fear of my child getting out and drowning. But I do know that if we get a pool in the next few years my thoughts arent "oh I need an alarm" my thoughts are how can I enclose this pool to make it the safest it can possibly be. Not just for my child but also to make sure none of the neighborhood kids come and get in without my knowledge. This was a sad situation of proper protection and this alarm law is truly just false security.

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 31, 2011
Maybe you should know the whole story about this sweet little child that was lost way to early in life. Don't believe everything that you read in the papers. Also, Ms. Charlotte Burks would have done this bill for anyone if asked but unfortunately it was her beloved great granddaughter that was lost. I do agree that pools should be gated but not everyone can afford to put up a fence. This is a good start to prevent this from happening again.

Cookeville, TN

#3 Jan 31, 2011
I have to agree with What on this one. An alarm isn't the answer. A fence is the only way to make sure children don't wander into a pool unattended. You (guest) said "I do agree that pools should be gated but not everyone can afford to put up a fence." Sorry that doesn't hold water! Before you buy a pool you should have the money for both a fence and the pool. Why open yourself to a lawsuit when your neighbors child drowns in your pool? Something a fence could prevent!

Cookeville, TN

#4 Jan 31, 2011
Maybe they should change that law they made about fences not too long ago so that I can put up an electric fence around my pool and zap the little tresspassers and it won't be a problem. People should be watching their kids and know where they are at and what they are doing anyways, and teach them that you don't go in other peoples yards because it is extremely rude, and to not play by the pool without adult supervision.
pool installer

Livingston, TN

#5 Jul 17, 2011
There are several ways to keep children from having access to the pool there are ladders that the steps fold up and can be locked. I install pools and the alarms are annoying but they may indeed save lives, every little bit helps. I also agree that parents should know where their kids are and what they r doing at all times, that's the best saftey feature u can have.

Since: Jul 11

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#6 Jul 18, 2011
I have pool with fence that's 5' tall and a gate that stays locked at all times when I'm not down there. I have a four year old that I keep a sharp eye on, but she's a sneaky little thing--thus the ALWAYS locked pool gate.
Mr Smith

Franklin, KY

#7 Jul 28, 2011
This is a ridiculous law and quite frankly a waste of tax payers time and resources for Senator Burks to concentrate on having mandatory alarms put on swimming pools and hot tubs. There are far more important issues she could be addressing.
I'm sorry for her loss, and I'm sure she's a nice lady, but this is a prime example of what is wrong with this country. Our government officials are worthless and the people applaud it. Pure madness.
Lisa S

Cookeville, TN

#8 Jul 28, 2011
Mr Smith I really can't believe you are serious....this is a safety issue not just some useless law...cowgirlup, I have a 3 year old granddaughter in my home & we watch her every minute of every day, but these "babies" do not understand how dangerous things can be..they are curious & no matter how many times you say "don't go in that yard" they will do it because they want to know "WHY" they are forbidden & they will try & find out.These aren't 10 & 12 year olds.

Cookeville, TN

#9 Jul 28, 2011
All an alarm does is alert you after the fact. The ONLY way to prevent drowning is to ensure that young children do not have access to the pool in the first place. My pool is surrounded with a fence that has a child proof latch which is placed high on the gate so that my kids can't reach it, even if they pull over a lawn chair to climb on.

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