Child Crisis Arizona, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the safety of children and families, is partnering with Salt River Project and 493 Firefighter Foundation on the Pool Fence Safety Program.
Now through Sunday, March 24, parents or caregivers who are financially unable to afford pool barriers and have young children can apply to receive a pool fence free of cost.
“Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and remains among the top five causes of death for children ages 5 to 9 years old,” Caitlin Sageng, Child Crisis Arizona senior program director, shared in a press release. “This Pool Fence Safety Program, which last year awarded 16 families living in Maricopa County a new pool fence, is focused on actionable change to solve the community problem of child drownings.”
In addition to providing pool fences at no cost to local families, the program educates parents and caregivers on the importance of keeping children safe around water through a virtual water safety workshop led by Safe Kids Maricopa County, which is open throughout the year to anyone.
Maricopa County families can apply to be awarded a new pool fence at no cost if they meet certain eligibility criteria. With applications available in both English and Spanish, those interested in receiving a free pool fencing installation can apply on the organization’s website at childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program.