New tools keeping city pools safe from children drowning
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis city pools open Saturday, just in time to beat the heat. But, this season comes with new warnings for when pool hours are over.
Last summer proved deadly at one city pool when a teen climbed over the fence and drowned. It's a situation an improved security system may help stop.
"The pool is closed. I repeat, the pool is closed and you are trespassing," the new security system warns.
It's meant to stop people from climbing fences after hours to try and cool off in city pools.
It's an audio warning compliments of SkyCop cameras now in place at all outdoor public pools. It warns those climbing the fences if they do not leave, the police will be called.
The system is in place at LE Brown Pool, where the 13-year-old drowned last summer while the pool was closed.
"It was a tragedy, you know, I think it's real bad," one neighbor said.
"He should have never climbed the fence and just stayed away from it," Leterrion Franklin said.
Franklin and his siblings have already heard the new warning from the SkyCop cameras.
The warning system appears to be pretty sensitive. In addition to announcing that the pool is closed, the warning gives you limited time to leave.
"You have five seconds to leave the property."
But, parents said they have a responsibility for keeping children safe too.
"Make sure you know where they are at all times," one neighbor said.
For more information on the city pools, hours of operation, and information you need to know for the summer, click here.
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