Pool Fence Means New Home for Newborn

To foster relative's child, family required by CPS to add pool fence.

Sometimes it takes more than love to come to the rescue of an infant. In the case of Mike and Jodi Cudmore of Surprise, it also takes a pool fence.

The Cudmores, with two children of their own, offered to take in the infant son of a relative, who faces drug-related allegations, according to the nomination submitted by Becky Perry, Mike Cudmore's sister.

The couple quickly rearranged schedules so they could care for the newborn, but Child Protective Services rules required them to add a pool fence before they would be able to become the boy's foster parents.

Thanks to the Fulton Homes Fence Patrol, the fence will be put in place on Tuesday. This is the eighth of 15 pool fences that will be donated to area families this summer thanks to this life-saving program.

The family's new pool fence will be installed on Tuesday, July 3, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Media are invited to attend.

"Here is a special couple volunteering to give this baby boy a loving home," said Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. "I'm so happy the Fence Patrol program can help them make their pool safer not only for the baby but for their other two children."

The Fence Patrol program includes a fence as well as installation by Ironman Pool Fence. Fences are specifically designed to meet city codes for optimum safety. Valley residents are encouraged to nominate themselves or a deserving family for a free pool fence. A properly installed pool barrier prevents a child from getting over, under or through it to gain access to the pool or spa.

Arizona pool fence laws state that all residential pools must be enclosed by a barrier. Families with children under 6 must also have a barrier blocking access to the pool from the house. Some cities allow door alarms in place of the pool barrier. Some older homes are exempt from the laws, but most homes must add a fence if they are remodeled or sold.

Interested parties have until August 7, 2012, to nominate themselves or someone else for a pool fence by logging on to www.kmle108.com and clicking on the Fence Patrol icon. Or, for more information call (602) 452-1000.


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