News 4 Lifesaver

Apr 30, 2013 9:00 PM

First pool fence winner announced

TUCSON - Water related accidents are the number-one killer of kids under age 5.

It's why we launched the Kristi's Kids News 4 Tucson Lifesaver program four years ago.

We are reminding everyone about the A.B.C.'s of swim safety.

B is for Barriers: a critical line of defense when a child slips past adult supervision.

Pool Guard of Tucson has taken the lead. They're donating a free pool fence every month this season to Kristi's Kids.

Our first winner is a grandmother in desperate need.

Her backyard pool on the south side is a popular place in the summer.

"All the grandkids and my sister's grandkids, they all come swimming."

Mary Molina says nearly a dozen children of all ages come here to cool off.

Mary's fence was an old wrought iron type.

"It was shorter fence. It was a foot shorter. And we needed to get it to five feet."

That's because Mary will be fostering some of her grandkids. The old fence was not up to code.

"And the bars were too spread out, that they can climb over it. Go in between the bars."

This is where Pool Guard of Tucson steps in.

"Knowing that I had something that would work for her," explains Matt Baranowski of Pool Guard. "I was excited to be able to offer that to her and take care of her problem and give her a little peace of mind all at the same time."

The job took about five hours to complete and is worth about $1,500.

With a self-closing and self-locking gate in place, Mary's pool is now swim season ready.


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