TEMPE, Ariz. – What started more than a decade ago has turned into being one of the Valley’s most well-known water safety programs. Celebrating 18 consecutive years, Fulton Homes is launching its Fence Patrol program across the Valley from April 13 – August 2 to reduce the stigma of Arizona being one of the top states known for child drownings.
In Arizona, twice as many children drown compared to the national average, with most happening between June and Labor Day. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury deaths for children ages 1-14 years old, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for all ages in the United States, according to the CDC.
“Fulton Homes prides itself on building homes that families love to own and that includes more than the house itself,” said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “One child drowning is too many and Fence Patrol is another 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 will take place each week for 10 weeks beginning May 11. 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.
The program comes at a crucial time, especially with school closures due to COVID-19 and news that a 2-year-old girl pulled from a pool in Glendale last week has died. There was no pool fence at the home.
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 more information, call 602-452-1000 or visit www.fultonhomes.com.
About Fulton Homes
Founded in 1975, Fulton Homes is the largest privately owned and family operated builder in Arizona. Known for its legendary Fulton quality, Fulton Homes has built more than 30,000 high-quality single-family homes over the past 40 years in the Phoenix area. Fulton Homes is headquartered at 9140 S. Kyrene Road in Tempe, Ariz. For more, visit www.fultonhomes.com.