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First days of holidays and already first drownings


Clair

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Indeed... [:(]

When the paying guests arrive in the gite, I always take them to the (above-ground) pool where I demonstrate putting and removing the access ladder whilst explaining their responsibility as far as adult surveillance and pool safety are concerned.

The majority of parents tell me they specifically chose a place with an above-ground pool because of their fear of pool accidents. Once the access ladder is removed, it takes a very determined child to climb and fall into the water.

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I saw that on the news last night too Clair and wanted to mention it on here.  You can never be too careful, things happen so quickly.  There are also the accidents with children and pets left in hot cars, hoping there will not be any this year.

I also received a message last night warning about pools with pets after, while at the vet's, someone had seen a man come in with his nine month old Lhasa Apso wrapped in a towel.  He had drowned in their pool the evening before and they hadn't seen a thing.  Animals can swim, but please make sure that in your pool there is a way for them to get out.

 

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That is horrific, but if the photo on the article is of the pool then that fence behind the child does not comply with the French law! If the fence doesn't comply then it's a cert that the gate doesn't?

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[quote user="Jonzjob"]if the photo on the article is of the pool then that fence behind the child does not comply with the French law! [/quote]

Looking at the picture properties (right-click, properties), I would say this is a random picture of a "child near a pool", used purely to illustrate the article.

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If that is the case Clair then it is a VERY poor choice of photo. People looking at it who don't realise what the regulation is could very well think that what is there is the norm?

The pool could have a cover or alarm, but still, in my view, a very bad example and I will bet that I am now the first to 'jump' to that conclusion?

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Well it's no good having a pool fence to normes (or not) unless you shut the gate, and according to the report referred to the gate wasn't properly shut

They might as well have not bothered to put a fence in at all

WHEN will people learn to look after toddlers and young kids near water?

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