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Police call for supervision around the pool

Police call for supervision around the pool

By Staff Writer - August 8, 2016

pool safetyFollowing the accidental drowning of a 5-year-old boy in a swimming pool in Vidauban last week, French police have reminded parents to be very vigilant in preventing such accidents.

The swimming pool in question was fitted with an alarm, as required by law, but no adults were present when the accident happened. Each parent, both Belgian, had believed that their son was in the care of the other one before they realised he had entered the pool alone.

Rescuers found signs of life when they arrived, but were unable to resuscitate the child. The authorities are trying to determine if the pool’s alarm was connected and working satisfactorily. The local gendarmerie said after the tragic incident that children should not be allowed into swimming pools unless an adult is present, even if the pool is fitted with an alarm.

According to France 3, “private pools are the cause of 20 to 30 deaths of children under 5 years every summer” while experts say “9 times out of 10” these tragedies could be avoided even though a small child can drown in 20 to 30 cm of water.

There are some 1.5 million private swimming pools in France and since 2003, the law requires the installation of one of four pool safety devices: a fence, a pool alarm, a shelter, or a cover.

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