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Life Saver Pool Fence Systems, Inc.

A Top-Rated Pool Fence Manufacturer

Life Saver Pool Fence has been Keeping Little Feet on Solid Ground since 1987. A family owned and operated company based in Delray Beach, FL, Life Saver products are proudly manufactured in the USA and distributed to Life Saver Distributors located in most major cities throughout the US, and also around the globe in over 15 countries spanning five continents. Life Saver has two fully stocked and operational shipping facilities, one in Florida and one in California, offering Life Saver Distributors and customers vastly reduced shipping times, no matter where they are in the country.

In 2011, Life Saver, one of the country’s top three biggest pool fence companies, absorbed Pool Barrier, possibly the country’s fourth largest, in what was the first ever major consolidation in the history of the industry, arguably making Life Saver the largest pool fence company in the world. That same year, Life Saver also acquired the specialty boutique brand, Pool Fence Pro, which brought quality pool fencing to pool industry professionals.

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Life Saver Pool Fence Supports the Water Safety Community

Life Saver sponsors every drowning prevention event in North America. From 5Ks to charity dinners, we have promised to financially support every water safety non-profit hosting a fundraising event that is trying to reduce the number of children drowning.

The parents who have lost children to drowning and have decided to save other families from experiencing this tragedy by installing pool fence have chosen Life Saver to be the brand they represent and the product they offer. These parents could have chosen any company, but they chose us, and that may be the highest compliment we could ever receive.

Executive Team

Eric Lupton

Eric Lupton

Chief Executive Officer

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Eric Lupton

Eric Lupton

Chief Executive Officer

A true leader in the pool safety industry, Eric took a small business his parents started in their garage when he was a small child and grew it into a multinational, multimillion dollar company and the largest manufacturer of removable pool fence in the world. His decades-long efforts began in 1997, joining the Life Saver Systems team; he moved into the Executive Vice President role in 2002 and took over as President in 2006. Today, as President and CEO, he has implemented his marketing vision and tripled the size of the company in the last decade alone.

Eric is an accomplished author and graphic designer. He has been featured as an expert in two New York Times Best Sellers on writing effective marketing copy and his thoughts on online marketing have been quoted by publications including the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He was also the subject of an in-depth feature in Forbes. In addition, he was chosen by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Leader, and launched the charitable Save a Life Pool Fence Donation Program in 2011. He served as Vice President of the NDPA in 2016 and these days, Eric is mostly sought after and interviewed by the media as an expert on pool safety. He has been interviewed by over one hundred media outlets and publications, including Huffpost and the Weather Channel. Eric hosts a weekly podcast with his good friend Rich Specht called the Child Safety Source and writes a weekly post for his blog, Crippled CEO.

Eric manages all of this while living with a severe disability, cerebral palsy, caused by a brain injury during birth, that requires him to use an electric wheelchair and need help for many day-to-day tasks. His symptoms are almost identical to those that can be experienced by non-fatal drowning survivors.

When not spending time with his true love, the company, Eric enjoys going to stand-up comedy shows, hosting a weekly game night, and taking chess lessons. He may also consume more milk than anyone on the planet.

Chris Lupton

Chris Lupton

Vice President of Research and Development

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Chris Lupton

Chris Lupton

Vice President of Research and Development

A mechanical savant, Chris literally dreams in product improvements and inventions. With a bizarre level of natural technical aptitude, he is constantly coming up with new product improvement ideas and creating entirely new offerings to push forward pool safety fencing as an industry, while simultaneously contributing to the cause of drowning prevention.

The youngest son of Robert and Ruth Lupton, the company’s founders, and the younger brother of Eric, Life Saver’s chief executive, Chris was literally brought up in pool fence. He started making fence in the warehouse at age 13, continued on to learn every aspect of the manufacturing process, before moving to New York to head up the busiest pool fence installation crew in the country.

Today, beyond his product improvement responsibilities, Chris also assists with the training of new Life Savers who come down to South Florida to learn how to install Life Saver Pool Fence.

Chris is the father of one son, Dylan. He is a Jeep enthusiast and firearm aficionado.

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Vitaly Neimer

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Chess Officer

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Vitaly Neimer

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Chess Officer

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric Lupton, Life Saver’s Chief Executive, started taking chess lessons from International Master, Vitaly Neimer. Besides being a certified chess master, Vitaly is also the 2-time Israeli National Chess Champion.

This alone tells you that Vitaly is a rather intelligent person. But what if you also learned that he spoke 3 languages? That would be impressive. But what if you also learned that not only can he speak 3 languages, but he can also read and write in 3 different alphabets – English, Russian, and Hebrew?

Besides being a chess prodigy and a linguist, Vitaly also holds an MBA from Webster University and has years of experience in public accounting and as a Certified Fraud Examiner. He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces for 3 years, protecting children at schools in war zones.

Vitaly now acts as Life Saver’s Chief Financial Officer, where he manages the company’s finances. He oversees the budget, financial planning, and capital resources. Vitaly also ensures that the company is in continuous compliance with all statutory, regulatory, banking, tax, and other external and internal reporting and record-keeping requirements.

Vitaly loves to travel and spend time with his wife and two children. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri but hopes to retire in Florida with a pool and a pool fence.

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Lia Blanchard

Chief Communications Officer

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Lia Blanchard

Cheif Communications Officer

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Kate Mottram

Kate Mottram

Vice President of Wholesale Distribution

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Kate Mottram

Kate Mottram

Vice President of Wholesale Distribution

Kate keeps all of the day-to-day wheels of Life Saver turning, managing incoming wholesale orders, negotiating shipping rates, coordinating shipments, answering questions, and much, much more. Very little happens each day that isn’t at least touched by Kate at some point. When she’s not making Life Saver distributors happy, Kate is a much sought-after public speaker and an amazing counselor to women seeking to improve their lives.

Kate is Life Saver’s resident culinarian, alternative seating connoisseur, and unfortunately, killer of plants. Even succulents. Fortunately, we can rely on her well-traveled background to anchor Life Saver’s Jeopardy! efforts; She attended her senior year of high school in Finland and studied Behavioral Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia. A former restauranteur, today, she lives a quieter life with her husband, Christian and fat cat, Mazli in Boynton Beach. She enjoys swimming and keeping fit, travelling regularly, and watching almost any British TV show, especially a clever murder mystery.

Michael McGahee

Michael McGahee

Chief of Staff

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Michael McGahee

Michael McGahee

Chief of Staff

Mike is Eric’s right-hand man. They have been friends since they met in 1989. His primary job is to directly support Eric in everything he does to help free him up to spend time working on the business and charting the company’s course into the future. In addition, he works on new dealer onboarding, developing operating procedures, systematizing the company’s knowledge base, managing special projects, and manages the operation of the ChildSafetyStore.com website. He accepted the position after living in Chicago with his wife, Molly, for nearly a decade. While in Chicago Michael had an 8-year career in the luxury high-rise condominium management industry.

When he’s not handling all of his job responsibilities with ease, Michael enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and disc golf, mixing cocktails, cooking, gardening, watching Cubs baseball, and studying psychology. Michael is husband to Molly and father to Maddie and Jack.

Michael Doscher

Michael Doscher

Operations Manager

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Michael Doscher

Michael Doscher

Operations Manager

Michael Doscher has a lot of talents. He’s a mechanical wizard, capable of fixing literally everything, with a specialty in and passion for cars. He is technically proficient, capable of networking complex computer systems. He is a master of organization, with a penchant for streamlining anything into efficiency.

But those aren’t the talents that make Michael great. What makes Michael great is his compassion, the vast depth that he cares about people, his commitment to always doing the right thing, and the character he displays. He’d be embarrassed if we shared even just a few of the stories of him helping employees in need by fixing their car, giving them rides, helping them buy gifts for their kids, and so much more, but suffice to say: Michael Doscher is the role model we all need. He’s a constant, walking lesson on how to be a better, kinder person. He really is a Life Saver.

Michael is a father to his son Christian, a vehicle enthusiast, Taco Bell aficionado, and occasional viral sensation. He claims people call him Savage Mike, but he just wants that to be true. No one calls him that.

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Warehouse Manager

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Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Warehouse Manager

A former restaurant manager, Mark joined Life Saver in 2020 as its newest and most fabulous factory ringmaster. He keeps the warehouse staff well-trained, enthused, practicing safety, and with record-setting productivity. He has implemented procedures, organizational systems, and plenty of morale-boosting activities, including live-televised work order boards in every department, and daily cornhole tournaments. All of this ensures that Life Saver is running smoothly and with a great deal of fun and laughter.

He is engaged to be married to his fiancée, Jess. They both enjoy movies, games, and have spent many years leading their church’s youth group. They are looking forward to a long life together full of babies, bedazzling, board games, and baked goods.

Hunter Zunino

Hunter Zunino

Online Sales Manager

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Hunter Zunino

Hunter Zunino

Online Sales Manager

Everyone knows, if you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself. Or if you have a Hunter Zunino, you give it to Hunter. Because she won’t just do it right, she will do it better and faster than you would have. And she will have twelve new ideas on how to improve it for the next time.

Hunter isn’t only super-efficient, she’s the queen of learning new things; conquering areas previously unconquered.

Between her efficiency and ability to figure out the unknown, she kills it as both the Online Sales Manager and the Special Projects Ninja.

But more important than all of these things is the fact that she adds joy, happiness, and humor to every room she’s in, and is a constant fountain of delightfulness.

Hunter is an accomplished equestrian who enjoys doing lots of horsey type stuff. She also enjoys gushing over Baby Yoda and her young son, Michael. In that order.

Jenae Douglas

Jenae Douglas

Accounts Payable Manager / Director of Choreography

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Jenae Douglas

Jenae Douglas

Accounts Payable Manager
Director of Choreography

Jenae is Life Saver’s Accounts Payable Manager and Director of Choreography. You may not think that a pool fence manufacturing and distribution company needs a Director of Choreography, but you’d be wrong. Jenae Reynolds Douglas began her formal dance training at the age of 2 1/2 years. While in New York, Jenae danced in numerous showcase performances throughout the city and did some film and television work. NBD.

Jenae was the Artistic Director and owner of Dance Trends, a dance studio for children, for 20 long years. She has choreographed numerous award-winning musicals and halftime shows for the Miami Dolphins.

Today, Jenae holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Florida Atlantic University. She has enjoyed the last 3 years with Life Saver Pool Fence as their “fake” accountant.

Jenae has known Eric Lupton since high school and likely saved his life in 2020 by moving mountains and getting up at 4:00 a.m. to get him vaccinated.

Jenae lives with her husband and three children in Sherwood, Oregon. She is the chaos coordinator of three tiny humans that don’t listen and are constantly trying to kill themselves. She loves coffee creamer and vodka – though not usually at the same time, but sometimes both in the morning.

Javier Padilla

Javier Padilla

Business Development Manager

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Javier Padilla

Javier Padilla

Business Development Manager

Javier Padilla is the embodiment of the American Dream. Emigrating into the United States from Colombia at age 12, Javier taught himself English, was successful in school, and started a 37-year career in banking at the age of 18, eventually rising up to be a Vice President and Branch Manager for the largest financial institution headquartered in Florida.

After his long career in banking, Javier was recruited by his best client, Life Saver Pool Fence. Having been Life Saver’s favorite banker for years, Eric and the team had always marveled at his uniquely exceptional level of customer service. Of all the vendors and representatives that they work with, none were quite as fantastic as Javier. His ability to do the impossible, his remarkable communication, his follow-up, and his attention to detail made him stand out over the years, and as soon as the opportunity presented itself, Life Saver was proud to add him to the team.

Javier now serves as Life Saver’s Business Development Manager, handling new Life Saver onboarding and helping current Life Savers to level up their businesses. In addition, Javier represents Life Saver at trade shows and events around the country while building new relationships and solidifying current ones with stakeholders in the water safety industry.

Javier has lived in the South Florida area for the past 43 years and currently resides in the Wellington area with his wife Claudia. He has two wonderful children, Isabella and Jacob, and enjoys date nights with his wife and volunteering in the community.

Christian Mottram

Christian Mottram

Master Trainer

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Christian Mottram

Christian Mottram

Master Trainer

Christian Mottram is the lead installer for the Life Saver Pool Fence location in Palm Beach County, Florida, the busiest location in the country. Installing as many as five pool fences per day, Christian is a wealth of knowledge both in pool fence and installation efficiency. He leverages this knowledge to facilitate the training of new Life Saver franchisees who come down to Florida to learn the skills necessary to start their Life Saver Pool Fence business.

Besides being a Master Pool Fence Installer, Christian is also a sought-after motivational speaker and mentor. He is active and volunteers with his church, and he is also the husband of Kate Mottram, our Vice President of Wholesale Distribution. He’s also a big fan of the Grateful Dead and deep-sea fishing.

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The product that we manufacture and sell literally saves lives. That is its primary purpose. When we bend over backwards to help a customer when they need us, in just the way they need us, when we go above and beyond, the response we are hoping for is either akin to or literally: “You’re such a Life Saver!” When they tell their friends the story about how well they were treated, we hope they say, “They were a real Life Saver.”

This is why we are always available, why we answer the phone, why we are shockingly responsive. Life Savers are there when you need them. This is why we fix things at no charge and replace things for free even when they aren’t covered under warranty — because Life Savers help even when they don’t have to, even when the person doesn’t deserve it.

And we aren’t just Life Savers to our end users. We strive to be Life Savers to our Life Saver dealers. Through remarkable customer service and exceptional quality, yes, but more importantly, by providing them with this business that really changes and saves their lives. There’s a reason Life Saver dealers and their employees leave whatever they were doing before and choose to keep being Life Saver Pool Fence dealers. The business allows them to provide security and prosperity for themselves and their family in a way that provides fulfillment and purpose. They have the opportunity to become pillars of support for their community, to reach out and help others who are struggling like they possibly struggled before — to save lives, to be Life Savers. To our dealers, we aren’t just a supplier they get their materials from. We are constantly doing everything we can to help them grow and be successful. To our dealers, we strive to be Life Savers.

We apply the same idea to our employees. Right from the start, we often select good people who have had a rough time and need a second chance — good people who might be rejected by other employers or parts of society. Then we try to create a special kind of environment, so that regardless of what is happening everywhere else in their lives, when they come here, they are in a place with kind, happy people, that is filled with compassion, understanding, humor, and grace — a place where they’re not only safe, physically and emotionally, but where they have the opportunity to do great work that they can be proud of, to make a difference, to have a positive impact, and to challenge the ideas of what they thought they were capable of. We try to make their time at work as rewarding as possible, while paying them enough and giving them the resources to make their lives outside work better, as well. Through words, example, and action, we try to be Life Savers to the people we work with, encourage them to be Life Savers to each other, and hopefully carry that same mentality out into the world.

When we answer the phone, send an email, tape up a box, stretch mesh over a section of fence, give an employee review, or anything else we do, we try to always ask the question, “Am I being a Life Saver?” That’s the guiding light that governs our actions. Not money, not profit — being a Life Saver. Not because those other things aren’t important, because they are, but because we know that if we are Life Savers first, the rest is guaranteed to come.

We aren’t just a company that sells pool fence. We save lives, in every way we can.

President / CEO

Eric H. Lupton

President / CEO

Why We’re Proud to be Life Savers

How It’s Made

Which Pole Is Strongest?

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Our History

1987

April 17, 1988

Life Saver Founded

Robert and Ruth Lupton founded Life Saver Systems, Inc., childproofing homes professionally, manufacturing pool fence in their garage, and selling and installing the fence locally — all while raising two young children. Ruth would sew mesh at night while the kids slept. Robert’s earnings from his newspaper route was their advertising budget.

Life Saver Founded

April 17, 1987 – 1992

Hollow Pole

The original pool fence pole was a hollow aluminum tube with a 0.062” wall thickness.

April 17, 1987 – 1990

One Stitch Border

The mesh has a border material on all four sides that is important to connecting the mesh to the pole. Originally, the border was attached with a single line of stitching sewing the border to the mesh.

1988

Safety Tips for Consideration Book Published

Robert Lupton authors and publishes his critically acclaimed child proofing book, Safety Tips for Consideration.

1988 – 1992

First Warehouse

Life Saver moved from the Lupton’s garage to a small shop in Boynton Beach, FL.

First Warehouse

1989

First Life Saver Self-Closing Gate

Mesh pool fencing can be opened with either a manual gate or a self-closing, self-latching gate. This was the introduction of our first self-closing gate.

1990

1st Distributor

Life Saver recruited and setup their first wholesale pool fence distributor.

1990 – 1996

Two Stitch Border

The mesh has a border material on all four sides that is important to connecting the mesh to the pole. Upgrading to two lines of stitching while sewing the border to the mesh made it twice as strong. This design from 1990 is still the standard for most other pool fences.

1991 – 1994

Fiberglass Pole

Life Saver began using fiberglass poles. They were discontinued because of inherent problems in using fiberglass for pool fence — namely fading, cracking, and splintering.

1992 – 1999

Second Warehouse

Life Saver moved to a larger facility.

1992 – 1998

Reinforced Pole Hollow pole reinforced with PVC

1996 – 2002

Three Stitch Border

The mesh has a border material on all four sides that is important to connecting the mesh to the pole. Upgrading to three lines of stitching while sewing the border to the mesh made it even stronger.

1996 – 2010

Quad-X Pole

Life Saver premieres the Quad-X aluminum pole, featuring an X shaped extrusion down the center. At the time, this was the strongest pole available.

Quad-X Pole

1998

Poolfence.com Launched

Life Saver launched its now famous web site, www.poolfence.com.

1999 – 2001

6,000 sq ft Corporate HQ

Life Saver moved to its current facility in Delray Beach, FL
— upgrading to 6,000 sq ft.

1999

In-House Powder Coating

Life Saver purchased a complete powder-coating line to powder-coat the poles in-house to monitor quality control and decrease lead times.

2001 – 2005

Upgraded to 9,000 Square Feet

Nickel-Plated Snap Latches

2001 – Present

Nickel-Plated Snap Latches

The snap latch has become a distinguishing characteristic of Life Saver Pool Fence and offers several advantages, including no sharp hooks and accessibility by right and left handed parents.

2002 – Present

Quad Stitch Border

The mesh has a border material on all four sides that is important to connecting the mesh to the pole. Upgrading to four lines of stitching while sewing the border to the mesh made it even stronger still.

New President

2003

New President

Eric Lupton, Robert’s son, with over a decade of experience with the company, takes over as Life Saver’s President and begins managing day-to-day operations. At 21, he is by far the industry’s youngest chief executive.

2004 – Present

Perma-Locks

The Life Saver Perma-Lock offers additional security and makes the pool fence permanent to satisfy local codes.

Perma-Locks

2005 – 2021

Expanded to 13,000 Square Feet

2008

Extreme Home Makeovers

Life Saver Pool Fence is featured on TV.

Extreme Home Makeovers
Good Morning America

2009

Good Morning America

Life Saver Pool Fence is featured on TV.

June 2009

YouTube

Life Saver is one of the first pool safety organizations to launch a YouTube channel with educational drowning prevention content. The videos there have since received millions of views.

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Facebook

January 25, 2010

Facebook Page

Life Saver launches the Pool Safety For Children Facebook Page, which eventually becomes the page for the company. One of the first social media pages dedicated to drowning prevention, the page continues to be one of the largest water safety Facebook pages.

2010

2010 Parents’ Choice Award – Best Pool Safety

2010 Parents’ Choice Award – Best Pool Safety
Solid Pole

2010 – 2018

Solid Pole

Life Saver revolutionizes the industry with the Solid Pole — an aluminum pole critically reinforced with PVC and a solid aluminum rod at the center.

November 1, 2010

100 Distributors in 14 Countries Spanning 5 Continents

100 Distributors in 14 Countries Spanning 5 Continents
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2011

The Doctors

Life Saver Pool Fence is featured on TV

February 1, 2011

Save a Life Program

Life Saver launched the Save a Life Program, donating free pool fences to non-fatal drowning victims and their families.

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RIP Ruth Lupton

August 10, 2011

RIP Ruth Lupton

Founding officer Ruth Lupton passes away after a struggle with cancer.

December 14, 2011

Acquisition of Pool Barrier Brand and Dealers

In the first ever consolidation of a major pool fence brand, Life Saver acquired the Pool Barrier product line and distributors, making Life Saver, without question, the world’s largest pool fence company.

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2011 – 2013

Extreme Conditions Pole

A truly extreme pole, the Extreme Conditions Pole boasted an unheard of 1/8″ wall thickness — strength usually reserved for gate uprights and termination posts, not regular pool fence poles.

2012

Premiered the Life Saver Arched Gate

Premiered the Life Saver Arched Gate
Opened West Coast Distribution Center

May 24, 2012

Opened West Coast Distribution Center

June 2015

Pool Fence DIY

Life Saver launches Pool Fence DIY, the first direct-to-consumer pool fence specifically designed for installation by a homeowner offered by a major pool fence manufacturer.

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Smooth Pole

February 2016

Smooth Pole

Creating a sleeker, more finished look, Life Saver begins counter-sinking every screw to be flush with the pole, reducing abrasions and clothing snags.

March 3, 2017

RIP Robert Lupton

Life Saver Founder and Chief Financial Officer Robert Lupton passes away.

RIP Robert Lupton
Solid 105 Pole

2018 – Present

Solid 105 Pole

Life Saver revolutionizes the industry again with the Solid 105 Pole — combining the three layer technology of the Solid Pole with the incredible 1/8″ wall thickness of the Extreme Conditions pole, while also introducing new and unique innovations, creating without question the strongest support post ever seen on a pool fence.

2018

Pool Fence DIY Ad

Pool Fence DIY launches a hilarious viral video campaign. The videos have received millions of views on Facebook and YouTube, with thousands of comments claiming that they are the best commercials of all time.

Pool Fence DIY Ad

2019

Patent Awarded to Solid 105 Pole

Life Saver was awarded US Patent No. 10,316,539 for its reinforced pole.

April 25, 2019

Eric Lupton Featured in Forbes

Forbes interviewed Eric Lupton and published this great piece about his life and business.

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UFC Heavyweight Champion and Firefighter Stipe Miocic Endorses Life Saver Pool Fence

2019

UFC Heavyweight Champion and Firefighter Stipe Miocic Endorses Life Saver Pool Fence

UFC Champ Stipe Miocic personally requested Life Saver Pool Fence to protect his new pool and his then 1-year-old daughter, Meelah. Stipe starred in a video where he punched and kicked the fence before giving it his endorsement.

2021

Kate Mottram Promoted to VP of Wholesale Distribution

Kate Mottram becomes only the 3rd person in Life Saver history to earn a Vice President title outside of the Lupton family.

Kate Mottram Promoted to VP of Wholesale Distribution
New Warehouse Space Added, Named Fortress of Solitude

2021

New Warehouse Space Added, Named “Fortress of Solitude”

An additional 3,000 sq ft of warehouse space is acquired close to the main facility, brining Life Saver’s Florida warehousing capacity to 16,000 sq ft.

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The Save a Life Program

The Save a Life Program

It’s our goal to protect every pool on Earth. When you purchase a Life Saver Pool Fence to protect your pool and your family, you will help us give a free fence to the family of a fatal or non-fatal drowning victim. Your Life Saver Pool Fence may not just save your children and your neighbor’s children, but you may save the life of a child in need that you have never even met.

After we install the donated pool fence, we will send you information about the family you helped, complete with photos, and we encourage you to contact them. Unless you request otherwise, they will know you are the one that made their gift possible and whose generosity to thank. There is no greater gift to give than a saved life, and when you buy a Life Saver Pool Fence, you give just that.

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