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Retired firefighter continues to work to prevent child drownings

Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings problem in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Labor Day marked the official end of summer, and a lot of kids are back in school. Sometimes that can mean all of the important rules around children and swimming pools are not top of mind. There are still a lot of child drownings that firefighters are responding to right now. Tim Mahoney, a retired firefighter, is still working to keep kids as safe as possible.

"It's really emotional and it takes a toll on you especially if you have your own kids. I remember every drowning call I've been on. You don't forget it," says Mahoney.

[RELATED: DPCA reminds public of water safety, drowning prevention during holiday weekend]

Because of the impact, those calls had on him, he created his own company called Arizona Pool Fence. He installs pool fences for a living now with the hopes of saving lives.

"I started this business right out of my garage, and it has grown it to where it is today," says Mahoney.

He has installed 26,000 fences since starting his business, and his job isn't just about the fence, it's about education too.

"It's like the passion of being on the fire department, teaching [people] about education and drowning prevention. I go into a big spiel about all of the accidents I have seen," Mahoney says.

[RELATED: 3-year-old boy pulled from pool in north Phoenix has died]

Most drownings, he says, are preventable. He says to keep your home safe by remembering what he calls the "ABC's" of pool safety: adult supervision, barrier systems and classes for your kids to swim. Also, keep toys out of the pool, don't prop open pool gates. Keep gates closed, take every precaution.

Mahoney says he researches and installs the best type of barrier fence. He's doing his part, trying to make a difference, one fence at a time.

"My wife runs the office, my kids are involved. It's a family thing. Just like the fire department was a family thing with me, this is a family thing," says Mahoney.

Arizona Pool Fence gives away a free fence a month to families who need it. It's part of his dedication to lessening the number of child drownings in Arizona.

To find out more about Arizona Pool Fence and how you can apply for a free pool fence, click here.

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