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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    Pool fences can be a bit of a false security as kids can still use chairs etc to climb up and open them. Lots of downings have happened because parents weren't supervising in the yard thinking the pool was safe.

    However seeing how strict they are with new pool fences and the positioning of them I think this is less of an issue. Old pool fences are really the issue.

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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    I'm a bit confused as to why people are saying a pool fence won't make it anymore safe... what the?? My inlaws have a big pool with a fantastic pool fence, and my 2.5 year old boy and 13 month old girl can't get anywhere near the pool. If it wasn't fenced, both of them would just jump straight in clothes and all. Of course the fence will make it more safe... what an odd thing to say.
    I am saying it as I have seem a number of times young children who can open the fences or see them as no barrier. And Yes children as young as yours can do that. If they aren't in the yard being watched the they are safer then with a pool fence. The only thing that stopped the 3 kids I spoke of earlier (2,4,&6) from getting in their pool once in the gate was that it was 1.5m deep above ground pool and the ladder was stored in the shed. In other cases the child was actually breaking out of the pool area during gatherings where they were equipped with floaties and being watched by many eagle eyes. Or a fence to the same spec was being used as a barrier to something else.

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    I realise that a pool fence doesnt' make a pool 100% safe.. but it definitely makes it MORE safe than no fence at all..

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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    I think its totally irresponsible to not have a pool fence, grandchild or not. I wouldn't take my children to any house without a pool fence in-laws or not. That saying, not until they start moving. They are not of course 100% but better then nothing at all. Also enrol bub in swimming lessons as soon as you can. My 4 year old is a great swimmer and started at 6 months.

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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    of course a fence makes it safer. most these days have a lock? and teamed with a bit of supervision a fenced pool is 100% more safer!!!

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    Default What would you do? Unfenced pool

    Quote Originally Posted by CazHazKidz View Post
    I'm a bit confused as to why people are saying a pool fence won't make it anymore safe... what the?? My inlaws have a big pool with a fantastic pool fence, and my 2.5 year old boy and 13 month old girl can't get anywhere near the pool. If it wasn't fenced, both of them would just jump straight in clothes and all. Of course the fence will make it more safe... what an odd thing to say.
    Yes this had me stumped too!!!

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    Default Re: What would you do? Unfenced pool

    I wouldn't be going outside without a fence installed. I'm a clumsy bum and would end up in the pool myself.

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    My twins are 2 and we have only gone to MIL's house about twice as they have not made it child friendly. Now shes asking to have the kids at her house and overnight Pfttttt, yeah right. No chance. She thinks they are easy becasue she only sees them in the environemnt of my house which is a child proof as i can make it and even then I still have to watch them like crazy.

    They have a split level house and the back verandah is 2 storeys off the ground with no child safe railing and they keep saying they will make it child safe - 2 years on and nothing has changed.

    I dont make a big deal about it with them, I just dont go there. Its not worth it.

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    Default What would you do? Unfenced pool

    I think its fine to put a deadline on installation of a pool fence, to avoid it being put off untill there is an accident. The inlaws may have good intentions but probably are just putting it off.
    Personally if it were my inlaws i would expect them to respect me and my concerns for safety. Of course OP i understand you know the bub wont fall into the pool whilst still in a capsule but im a bit stubborn and in such matters make a clear stand, its their grandchild they should do what makes life easiest for everyone involved at the earliest opportunity.

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    A pool fence is only as safe as the people who use them.

    So your in laws could put in a pool fence but still leave the gate propped open, have chairs in the immediate area that could be used to climb into the pool area, not install it properly...the list goes on.

    I read a tragic story of a mum who's son drowned because the pool fence was faulty, the little boy was able to move a panel of fencing and access the pool. She trusted the fence and wasn't watching him while they were all outside and she was hanging out the washing. Fences aren't failsafe and they really do create a false sense of security. So many drownings happen in fenced pools.

    So what I'm trying to say is that by all means "insist" they install a pool fence, but also insist that they practice all other safety measures, including locking all external doors ALL THE TIME so your child can't access the backyard without an adult present and watching them ALL THE TIME they are outdoors.


 

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