Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Seventy-five percent of our planet is water – can you swim?

Now that our pool is open, my mommy sensors turn on even more-so.  Though we have an above ground, it is still scary to think that in a blink of an eye, one of the kids could get in if I forget to put up the ladder.  So I wanted to share some pool safety links I found from Pool Safety from the US Consumer Safety Product Commission.  The USCSPC helped to pass The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) after the unfortunate loss of Virginia Graeme, a 7 year old girl who drowned after entrapment in a hot tub drain.  The federal act outlines the minimum standards and recommendations for home and public use.

There are 3 basic rules:
Swim Lessons
Safe Surrounds

1. Supervision:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
2. Learn Swimming and other Safety Techniques
  • earn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
3. Safe Surroundings
  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm
There is a set of 7 brief public service announcements, that take less than a minute to watch but may help prevent a tragedy.
Pool Safely Step 1 Supervision
Pool Safely Step 2 Fencing
Pool Safely Step 3 Pool and Spa Covers
Pool Safely Step 4 Alarms
Pool Safely Step 5 Safety Drain Covers
Pool Safely Step 6 Swim Lessons
Pool Safely Step 7 Learn CPR 

Stay Cool and Stay Safe!

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