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Young Children and Swimming Pools

Tina from FL

We rented a farmhouse with a pool in spring 2001. I wanted to mention one more thing about our farmhouse. It is more of a safety concern than anything. Working in the medical profession, I see and hear a lot of stories about children drowning accidentally in backyard pools. The pool that is at the farmhouse we rented does not have a fence, nor does it have any alarms to alert people of someone falling into the pool. The nearby town is secluded, and to my knowledge, the closest hospital is in Siena, twenty minutes away.

If everyone that rents this house is like us, they will leave the doors and windows open on nice days. There are no screens on either of these. This just adds to the charm of the house for adults, but for small children, it can be an invitation to danger, especially if the adults are preoccupied with cooking, washing, etc. All it takes is just one minute for someone to turn their back, and disaster can strike.

I hate to sound full of doom and gloom, but this is a strong reality that people need to be aware of. If people think, "Oh, that won't happen to me", they should come work with me in the emergency room for one week. I would hate to have anyone's life ruined by an accident that is entirely preventable.

This is all common knowledge, and it should be on everyone's mind traveling with small children. Not just to Europe, but everywhere. I just thought a matter of this importance might bear some mentioning on this web site, since it is visited by a lot of vacationers that might take this type of safety for granted.

Pauline's Notes: Most of the houses with pools that you can rent in Italy do not have the pools fenced off. People traveling with young children should be aware of this.

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