May is National Water Safety Month and Memorial Day marks the “official” start of summer.

WPTF’s Chris Edwards spoke with Eric Lupton, President & CEO of Life Saver Pool Fence Systems, about water safety issues.

EDWARDS:

And joining us now to talk about water safety is Eric Lupton, President of Life Saver Pool Fence, a pool safety expert. Eric, good morning, really appreciate the time.

LUPTON:

Yeah, my pleasure, thanks for having me.

EDWARDS:

Absolutely. And, as we mentioned, May National Water Safety Month, can you tell us more about why we’re highlighting Water Safety Month, this month, in May?

LUPTON:

Yeah. Most people, especially parents, don’t realize that drowning is the #1 cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. It beats out everything else — car accidents, diseases, other in-home accidents. Nothing takes more children away from us before their fifth birthday party or before they go to kindergarten than backyard swimming pools.

EDWARDS:

It maybe sounds silly to ask this question, but why is it so important to have that proper protection around your pool?

LUPTON:

Like I said, it’s the #1 killer of kids between 1 and 4 years old. So we want to make sure we do what we can to reduce those numbers. It’s preventable, right? This is a problem we have, where kids are dying every single day, and it’s 100% preventable with just a few layers of protection.

EDWARDS:

As you mentioned, drowning was something we were focusing on this morning, especially for those toddlers 4 and under. How are you going about getting the word out about your message here for pool safety and water safety month?

LUPTON:

One, talking to folks like you, you know, not a lot of people are giving this the attention it deserves, so kudos to you guys for trying to highlight this really important issue. Beyond that, we heavily put this stuff on social media, Facebook, Instagram, on the Life Saver Pool Fence pages, so we’re doing what we can.

EDWARDS:

You mentioned Facebook. Tell me a little bit more about pool safety for children, Facebook’s [?] dedicated a page to child drowning prevention.

LUPTON:

Yeah, we’re trying to get the word out about water safety. Like I said, this is a stat that most people don’t know. But it’s preventable, so we’re teaching the layers of protection to parents.

Parent supervision is the most important layer, then high locks on all the doors and windows that lead to the pool, alarms on those doors that lead to the pool. And then when you get into the backyard, a mesh pool safety fence is going to be a critical layer, to keep the pool separated from the rest of the home.

Then, once inside the pool — swim lessons, making sure that the child is taught survival swim so they know how to roll over and float and save themselves. And then finally, CPR is the last layer of protection.

EDWARDS:

As we mentioned, you’re the President of Life Saver Pool Fence. What makes Life Saver Pool Fence different from some of the other companies?

LUPTON:

Well, one is our commitment to water safety, but also, we make the best pool safety fence in the world, in my opinion. Life Saver Pool Fence is a mesh pool fence — it’s easily removable; you can take it up, you can take it down. It features a self-closing, self-latching gate, and it’s designed specifically to keep children out of the pool.

EDWARDS:

Great stuff. I really appreciate the time. Eric Lupton, President of Life Saver Pool Fence, and a pool safety expert. Really important topic, I appreciate your expertise on this, and joining us this morning.

LUPTON:

My pleasure, thanks so much.

 

Publication: WPTF Morning Show Podcast