The family of a disabled woman in dire need of a pool fence is this week’s Fulton Homes Fence Patrol winner. The free pool installation will happen Tuesday, May 31 at 7a.m. Connie Caddy, from Queen Creek, is a disabled woman with no income. Her husband, Greg, works for the prison system and frequently volunteers for out of state work to make ends meet. And, the couple is taking in their 18-month-old grandchild, while her son is deployed in Afghanistan.
Connie’s husband is often gone for months out of state for work, leaving her at home by herself watching young children. Connie also babysits her two nephews who are 4 years and 4-months-old. She’s very afraid they may fall victim to the curiosity of an unprotected pool.
The Caddy family has endured many financial struggles. Most recently Connie, who nominated her family, explained, they had to replace the transmission in their vehicle which ate up most of their pool fence savings money.
“We are glad to alleviate the anxieties of the Caddy family who are in desperate need of a pool fence,” said Douglas Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Fulton Homes is particularly concerned with families with toddlers that are constantly around the pool. We couldn’t be happier to name the Caddy family as this week’s Fulton Homes Fence Patrol winners.”
Drowning related deaths is one of the leading causes in children across the country. According to childrensafetyzone.com, in the first four months of 2011, there have already been 17 water related deaths in Maricopa County including five children. There have also been a total of 34 water related incidents. In 2010, 48 deaths, including 20 children, resulted from 140 water-related incidents.
Fulton Homes has always been a proud proponent of Water Safety in the Phoenix area. The Fulton Homes Fence Patrol has helped hundreds of people equip their homes with barriers to help prevent youngsters from falling into the pool. The long-running Two Seconds is Too Long campaign has helped raise awareness of the tragedy of child drowning. The company also supports the Valley of the Sun YMCA, providing swimming lessons to disadvantaged youths who learn valuable life skills, including personal safety and growth, stroke development, rescue and water sports.
Arizona Pool Fence Laws state that all residential pools must be enclosed by a barrier. Families with children under six must also have a barrier blocking access to the pool from the house. Some cities allow door alarms in place of the pool barrier. Also, certain homes are exempt depending on when they were built. However, most homes must be brought up to code if remodeled or sold.
Interested parties in the Fulton Homes Fence Patrol have until July 4, 2011 to nominate themselves or someone else for a pool fence, by logging on to www.kmle108.com and clicking on the Fence Patrol icon. For more information call (602) 452-1000 or go to www.fultonhomes.com and click on the “Fulton Foundation” link.