To prevent future tragedies, there are some things pool owners can do.
Officials from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office recommend installing a safety fence around your pool or an alarm system that is set to go off when the pool is disturbed. At least one of those two options is actually required by the state of Florida on any new pools. Getting swim lessons for children is also recommended as is parents becoming certified in CPR.
"Most people think it could never happen to me," said Alachua County Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Maynard. "Well it can happen to you. It's happened twice in a 30 day window."
For more pool safety information go to www.floridapoolpro.com. The website is run by the Florida Swimming Pool Association and has more helpful safety tips for pool owners.
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