Accidental drowning is an acute threat here in Arizona, home of desert heat and the backyard swimming pool. By "acute," we mean life-or-death: Drowning happens quickly: It's often almost silent, and those who don't die in the water may be impaired for life.
Alexandra Tucker, right, was awarded an Outstanding Citizen of Tucson plaque for saving her best friend Sarah, left, from drowning.
Alexandra Tucker is a lifesaver, and proof that big deeds can come in small packages. Alexandra, 11, pulled her best friend from the bottom of a backyard pool, saving her from drowning during a midsummer barbecue.
Piper Jones,1, brother Mason, 4, and their mom, Autumn Jones, play near the mesh fence around the pool at Ron and Pat Jones' home. The fence enhances safety without being distracting.
A mesh fence can add a level of security and help keep kids and pets away from pools and other dangers.
A mesh fence is "a good-looking alternative to wrought iron," says Matt Baranowski of Pool Guard of Tucson.
A mesh fence can be removed, rolled up and stored or moved to a new home. It is more difficult for children to climb than wrought iron.
As adoring grandparents, Pat and Ron Jones were thrilled to take care of their baby grandson while the child's parents headed off on a vacation getaway.