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City Offers Free Door Alarms to Improve Pool Safety

It’s a sad statistic, but 76% of drowning deaths in the United States each year involve children younger than 5 years old, and 75% percent of drowning deaths of children younger than 15 occur at a swimming pool located at a private residence (home pool, neighbor's pool).  The City of Boynton Beach Recreation & Parks Department’s goal is to help lower those statistics.

One of the ways that we can do this is by providing door alarms to the public for improving safety in their homes that lead to a body of water.  Door alarms are battery powered and are installed on exterior doors leading to the pool or another body of water, such as a canal, lake or backyard water feature.  If the door is opened without depressing a childproof bypass button, the alarm sounds within seven seconds and stays on until disabled by an adult. The alarm is also effective in preventing an adult from leaving a door open. If a door is left open for more than 10 seconds, even after pressing the bypass button, it rings again. Door alarms are an inexpensive way to make sure everyone in your house thinks about pool safety.

A limited supply of door alarms is available free to the public. They can be obtained from the John Denson Pool, located at 225 NW 12th Avenue.

For more information, call the Pool at (561) 742-6645. 

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