Timeline

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.

YouTube
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
The Doctors Logo

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.

Save a Life Program
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.

PoolBarrierLogio

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.

Pool Fence DIY
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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