When Lisa Lamm and her husband purchased their Surprise home nearly a decade ago, they opted not to put in a pool fence since their children were older
Last week, the Lamms, who are now grandparents living in a multi-generational household, won a much needed pool fence.
The Lamms were the first winners of the 2020 Fulton Homes Fence Patrol contest.
For the past year and a half, the Lamms have had their son, his fiancé and their three (soon-to-be four) children living in their home.
Ms. Lamm and her husband were hoping to put in a pool fence prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, but the family’s struggle with keeping stable employment due to health reasons and the influx of evaporated jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic has made a pool fence a pipedream.
With triple-digit temperatures and the long summer approaching, Ms. Lamm was concerned for the safety of her small grandchildren — especially her very curious 17-month-old grandson.
“Our family has been unable to purchase a pool fence on our own due to economic strain,” Ms. Lamm said. “We are so grateful to Fulton Homes for giving us the chance to protect our small grandchildren from the dangers of pool drownings.”
Now in its 18th year, the program comes at a crucial time. According to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, four children under the age of 4 have died from drownings in Maricopa and Pinal counties so far this year.
According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 4 in Arizona, where more than 300,000 residential swimming pools put Arizonans of all ages at risk.
“At Fulton Homes, we always put families first,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “One child drowning is too many and Fence Patrol is one program that aims to remind parents that water safety is a year-round issue. Water emergencies can happen in seconds and we want to continue doing everything we can to prevent another family tragedy.”
Fulton Homes Fence Patrol, a program conducted in partnership with KMLE 107.9, brings back its original key partner, Ironman Pool Fence, after last season’s hiatus.
Together, Fulton Homes and KMLE 107.9 will provide a total of 10 free pool safety fences for Valley families in need who may not be able to afford them.
Fence giveaways are taking place each week for 10 weeks, starting in early May. The public can self-nominate and submit an essay-style entry as to why they are deserving of a pool fence by visiting KMLE 1079.com and clicking on the Fence Patrol icon.
Fence Patrol is one of several water safety-related initiatives Fulton Homes supports. The Tempe-based homebuilder also sponsors the “2 Seconds Is Too Long” campaign, which raises awareness to watch children around the pool and gives away free swim lessons.
Over the last 20 years, Fulton Homes has invested more than $2.5 million on water safety in the Valley.
For information, call 602-452-1000, or visit fultonhomes.com.