Friday, December 17, 2010

Magna Latch Gate Latches to Secure Your Pool Gate

All-Safe® is having a sale on gate latches. Magna Latch child safety gate latches secure your pool fence gate and help protect children from entering the pool area.

Learn more about All-Safe® pool gates and pool safety.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Join All-Safe® in Drowning Prevention

All-Safe® needs dealers throughout Dallas and Houston, Texas to sell and install our removable mesh fences, pool safety nets, and pool covers. We regularly receive leads from interested pool owners in these locations. Start your own pool safety products company and help save lives by helping to prevent drowning. We provide training and ongoing support.

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Puerto Rico Pool Safety

All-Safe's pool safety products are available with professional installation in Puerto Rico.

Contact All-Safe® Puerto Rico for more information and secure your swimming pool today.

Safety Turtle Alarm Saves Child from Drowning

This article from Houseboat Magazine entitled Saving Taylor talks about how the Safety Turtle Child Immersion Alarm helped save a small child's life when she fell off her family's houseboat after only being out of sight for approximately 20 seconds.

The article also reminds us that adult supervision should always be a priority for parents when their kids are around water.

For more information on the safety turtle and pool alarms, visit our website: Safety Turtle Child Immersion Alarm

Monday, December 6, 2010

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Authorities Investigate Near-Drowning in FL

A 23-month-old boy’s near drowning in a Florida pool has prompted Sheriff's deputies to investigate the incident.

According to authorities, the child’s grandmother was watching an unspecified amount of children when she reportedly fell asleep. A three-year-old girl was said to have woken the grandmother to tell her that the boy had fallen in the pool.

She was unable to find the child, so she called the child's father on the phone. The father came to the home, jumped in the pool and found the child.

The child was alive and flown to a local hospital. He could have been in the pool for up to five minutes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Keep Pool Safety In Mind Even in Winter

This article from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds us that even during the winter months, pool safety is important.

Read their article here.

All-Safe® Pool Fences & Pool Covers offers numerous choices in swimming pool safety products and our Dealers are located throughout the United States to help you secure your swimming pool.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Oour pool safety products are sold through independent All-Safe® distributors

If your location is not served by an All-Safe® Dealer and you are interested in joining us in drowning prevention, become an All-Safe® Dealer

All-Safe® Pool Safety Products Available in Canada

All-Safe's pool safety products are available outside the United States. We serve many cities within Canada. Secure your pool with a All-Safe® pool fence or All-Safe® pool safety net. Pool fences and pool nets provide a safe barrier to your pool, and help prevent drowning.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

News from the Consumer Product Safety Commission

The CPSC has published data for Summer 2010 child drownings. Since Memorial Day, there have been more than 350 child drownings and non-fatal "incidents".

The entire report is available here.

All-Safe Pool Safety Products offers many choices to secure your swimming pool. Please check out your options in pool safety today.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Young Girl Saves Toddler from Drowning

In the news today is 6-year-old Alexis Weeks. The young girl saved a toddler who nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Thanks to Alexis that toddler is still alive today.

According to the news report, Alexis was gathering up various pool toys and noticed the toddler was underwater. She was able to dive into the pool and retrieve the 2-year-old safely. According to the toddler's mom, she had just turned her back and didn't even realize the toddler went into the pool.

This shows once again that even if you turn away for just a moment your child can fall into the pool, unnoticed.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Removable Mesh Pool Fence Available for Purchase Online

If you are in a location that is not served by an All-Safe® Dealer, an economical All-Safe® mesh pool fence is available for purchase online.

This removable mesh pool fencing provides a safe barrier to your swimming pool without breaking the budget!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Family Has New Mission after Son Nearly Drowns

In the news today: The Shores family of Mesa, Arizona was trying to do everything right when it came to protecting their kids around water.

They say they never let their children around the pool without supervision, and they were teaching their two-year-old to swim. However, the one thing they waited to get was a swimming pool fence.

The couple, who have two other children, were inside talking when their two-year-old slipped away and got right into the pool.

The next thing they recall seeing is the water rippling.

The mother of three jumped in and pulled the child out, but her CPR wasn't effective, so her husband took over.

"Within maybe 10 to 15 compressions and 30 breaths he finally came to," he said. "It was the best sound in the world."

Paramedics and firefighters took the child to the hospital but he's now fully recovered.

Out of this near drowning has come a new mission for the Shores family about the dangers of pools and not having a pool fence.

"You can never be too safe," says Melissa Shores. "Get a pool fence and if you have a pool, learn CPR."

At the time the Shores didn't have a pool fence. They were just five days from getting one.

"We received the gift of life, that's priceless for us to give back to the community. If we can prevent one family from going through what we've gone through we've done everything possible," Scott Shores said.

The family has teamed up with Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.

Anyone who donates a a new packaged toy, book or money on August 14th will get $3 off car washes at Classic Car Spa locations in Goodyear, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona.

Read the full article here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Drowning Was Second Accident in Two Years

In Brockton, MA, the state Department of Children and Families is conducting an investigation at the home where 4-year-old twin sisters died after being found in the family's inground swimming pool at their home Saturday morning, officials said.

A neighbor recalled that two years ago one of the twin girls was rushed to the hospital after she fell into the same pool. The neighbor said the girl's father had administered CPR and the child was taken to the hospital, but was fine and back home the next day. It appears the parents did not take steps install a barrier to the swimming pool.

A press release from the DA's office issued Sunday said, "the circumstances surrounding the drowning are (under) investigation by state police detectives assigned to the Plymouth County district attorney’s office and the Brockton police." The DA said there would be no further details released at this time.

All-Safe® pool safety fences help save lives. This terrible tragedy reminds us of the importance of securing your swimming pool.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CPSC Drowning Report

Halfway through the summer swimming season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 210 child drowning and non-fatal submersion incidents in swimming pools and spas around the country since Memorial Day Weekend.

As a reminder, an All-Safe® pool fence or All-Safe® pool safety net provide an excellent barrier to your swimming pool, and guard against drowning.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Parents of Children who Drowned Arrested

The parents of two children who were found dead in a neighbor's swimming pool in Jacksonville, FL last month have been arrested in connection with their drownings and have told police they had left the two alone before.

They turned themselves in to police with their attorney this morning around 9 and remain in jail on $50,000 bond each.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) report, the mother left her children unattended at home around 6:35 p.m. to go to work. She had called her husband, who was at work, and he told her he was leaving his job to come home and be with the two children, police said.

But, the report said, he did not leave his job and offered alternate stories about where he was. First, he said his car broke down, then later said he stayed at work to get "more hours" of pay.

He admitted that he and his wife had left their children alone on other occasions.

The owner of the home where the children were found in the pool said he was not at home at the time of the drownings, but had left the pool gate around the pool latched from inside the yard, the police report said. The owner found a wooden stepladder, which was not his, outside the gate. Another neighbor said the children had been outdoors playing with the ladder the day they died.

The State Attorney's Office released a statement today explaining their rationale for the charges:

"Parents and caregivers owe a special duty to provide their children with the supervision and care necessary for those dependent upon them. When parents and caregivers fail in that obligation, it is the duty of law enforcement to investigate and charge those responsible. We are mindful of the great loss these parents have suffered, but the facts and circumstances of this case demand the filing of criminal charges.

Parental responsibility for the safety and supervision of their children has, and will remain, a bedrock principle of the State's Attorney Office."

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Do not swim at night and teach your children not to swim at night either. This can be dangerous because your vision is limited, it is hard to see directly in front of you, and if someone is in distress, it can be hard to see him or her.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Olympic Swimmer Promoting Water Safety

Olympic relay swimmer, Cullen Jones, is expected to make an appearance this August in Los Angeles to promote water safety and swim lessons via USA Swimming Foundation's "Make A Splash" Campaign.

Cullen Jones will be making several stops around the country this summer to raise awareness about swimming safety and to spread the word that accidental water injury and death are preventable. For more information on Jones' schedule, water safety and the organization, please visit swimfoundation.org

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More on the Pool Safely Campaign from the CPSC

The Pool Safely campaign is designed for consumers and the swimming pool and pool safety industries to adopt proven water safety steps and join a national discussion about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.

The greatest water safety assurance in swimming pools and spas comes from adopting and practicing as many water safety steps as possible. Adding that extra safety step in and around the water can make all the difference. You can never know which safety measure will save a life – until it does.

The following list outlines the water safety steps that you can and should take to help keep your family safe.

Behavioral
  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Avoid entrapment by keeping children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings
  • Have a phone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for them in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
Knowledge
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults; update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
Equipment
  • Install a four-foot pool safety fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates. Ask your neighbors and community groups to do the same at all residential pools.
  • If your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around a pool, install a pool safety alarm and use all the time
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers; ask if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Have life saving equipment such as life rings or floats available for easy use

Monday, July 5, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

A rope float line should be placed across the pool, alerting swimmers of the separation of the deep end from the shallow end.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

All-Safe Welcomes New Dealer in Texas

If you are in Austin, Texas, as well as Houston, San Antonio, and the surrounding area and have been looking for a pool safety solution, All-Safe now has a Dealer in your area.

Visit allsafepool.com and secure your pool with an All-Safe removable mesh fence or safety net.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Never use a pool with a broken or missing drain cover.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Portable Pool Safety in Austin

City officials in Austin, Minnesota, concerned about pool safety, are looking at requiring people with portable swimming pools to install pool fencing and buy a permit.

Council members indicated support during a Monday work session to require people to install a four foot high fence or barrier around any portable pool that is at least two feet in depth. People also would need to pay a one-time $30 zoning permit fee for the pool and submit a site plan with details on the pools location and its type of fencing or barrier.

If changes are made to the ordinance, anyone who takes down their portable pool for winter and sets it up again would be regulated by the new rules.

The full article can be read here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Place tables and chairs well away from the pool fence to prevent children from climbing into the pool area.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Swimming Lessons can Save your Child's Life

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a new stance on swimming lessons for very young kids.

"The most important message of the new policy statement is not so much that we're relaxing our policy on swimming lessons but that swimming lessons are part of a multifaceted drowning-prevention scheme that includes careful, capable supervision and a good pool safety fence or pool barrier," said Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, the statement's lead author.

In the past, the Academy had said that children weren't developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. But based on recent research, the academy is now "saying it's sort of a parent's call," said Weiss, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If parents want their 1- to 4-year-old children to have swimming lessons, "we don't see any major dangers in that," he said. In making the decision, parents should consider such factors as how often the child is exposed to water, how mature the child is, physical limitations and any swimming-related health concerns, such as the risk of infectious illnesses and lung problems, the policy statement says. Also, "children need to be taught never to swim alone and not to swim without adult supervision," the statement says.

It's also important for kids to seek their parents' OK, said Mary Duke Connell, aquatic director at the Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center. "With all the private lessons and group lessons that we teach, we have the children ask their parents (or another trusted adult for) permission to go swimming, so that they get in the habit of letting their parents know whenever they want to be in and around the water," Connell said. "It's just so important to stress safety around a pool."

To read more about this article from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Click Here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Toddler Rescued from Drowning

A 23-month-old child was rescued from drowning in a swimming pool in Alabama yesterday.

The toddler was playing on the deck of a residence and took the lock off a gate to a fenced pool and then went into the pool.

The child was found floating in the pool by a family member.

The family estimated the child was in the pool a minute to a minute and a half.

This story is a reminder that constant adult supervision is critical around swimming pools.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pool Safety Event in Wausau, WI

If you are in the Wausau, Wisconsin area, The Safe Kids Wausau Area group will offer "Splash Into Safety," an event designed to keep children out of danger when around water.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Wausau's Kaiser Pool at 900 E. Bridge St.

Featured activities include demonstrations on boating, life jackets, deep water safety, reach-and-throw assists and wading assists. All participating children will receive a free life jacket. The event is aimed at children ages 5 to 14 years old, and all kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required. Call (715) 847-2380.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Keep toys away from the pool area because a young child playing with the toys could accidentally fall in the water.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Make sure any pool you use, in public or your own backyard, is equipped with safe drain covers that prevent suction injuries and deaths (these are now required by federal law in public pools).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Removable Pool Fences are Easy To Use

A removable pool fence provides a secure barrier than can be taken down or moved, by an adult, according to the current needs of the pool owners.

Installation of this swimming pool fencing requires the drilling of 1 ¼ inch holes in concrete deck or other surfaces where pool fencing is desired. Sleeves to support the pool fencing poles are inserted in the holes. These holes are well camouflaged with color-coordinated plugs when the swimming pool fencing is not in use.

To put the swimming pool fencing in place, one simply places the first pole in the first hole and unroll the fence to the 2nd pole which is placed in the second hole, and so on. The last pole then attaches to the first, in the case of pool fencing which surrounds a pool. The pool fencing may also attach to a building, a wall or other structure.

To remove the pool fencing, one releases the tension and lifts up on the first pole. The swimming pool fence is then rolled to the 2nd pole, which is lifted and rolled to the 3rd and so on.

Removable swimming pool fences can usually be installed around irregular shapes and over varied surfaces and elevations. Due to the unobtrusive, transparent nature of pool fencing, most pool owners rarely remove this safety barrier.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Take a CPR class. Drowning victims need CPR before paramedics arrive.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Pool Covers Provide a Safe Pool Environment

An automatic pool cover provides a wide range of benefits and can be quite easy to remove and replace depending on the style that you choose. The benefits of an automatic pool cover include safety, reduced need for maintenance, protection from leaves and debris and energy savings.

One type pool cover is a recessed top-track pool cover and fits both free-form and rectangular pools. A low-profile track is mounted on the deck and, when retracted, the pool cover disappears into a housing recessed below the deck. Accomodating both new and existing pools, the system exceeds the A.S.T.M. safety standards for a safe pool cover.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CPSC Pool Safely Campaign Aims to Reduce Child Drownings and Entrapments

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched a national consumer and industry communications campaign to raise awareness about pool and spa safety.

The year-long integrated PR campaign, which will provide education and information about the new Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, will include traditional and social media outreach, industry partnerships, scheduled events, and celebrity spokespeople.

More information can be found at poolsafely.gov.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

If having a pool party, consider hiring a professional lifeguard, who's sole purpose is to watch the children.

While parents are off mingling with other parents, children are left alone in the water. Feeling it to be a safe environment, the parents are more relaxed and easy going. But the fact of the matter is that more and more children drown during pool parties.

Here are some other tips for pool parties:

1. By keeping the number of people invited to a pool party under 20, the lifeguard will be able to keep a closer eye everyone.

2. Do not invite children under five to a party for teenagers unless the parents agree to keep a life jacket on the child at all times.

3. Don’t assume that the child’s parent will watch the child.

4. When children are jumping off a diving board, set some ground rules. Such as, only one person diving at a time, wait in line, do not jump until the last diver has gotten out of the water, and do not jump towards the side of the pool.

5. Before anyone is allowed in the water, gather everyone around the pool and lay down the ground rules.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Net Pool Covers

As an alternative to a pool fence, a net pool cover is an excellent pool safety barrier.

When a net pool cover is used to secure swimming pools and spas, the view is virtually unobstructed. A net pool cover fits tightly above the water to provide safety and peace of mind, and allows a clear view of the bottom of the pool. And the ambiance of the swimming pool area and yard is preserved.

The net pool cover requires the use of a special tool to open and release the cover. Parent-controlled access to this tool means controlled access to the pool area.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Law in North Carolina Could Force Closure of Some Public Swimming Pools

In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, there are only a couple more weeks before public pools open for the summer, but some may not open because they are not certified as safe.

State officials are enforcing the Virginia Graeme Baker Pools and Spa Safety Act.

The act requires public pools take actions to prevent swimmers from being sucked into pool drains.

Winston-Salem Parks and Rec workers started upgrading before last summer. They spent $38,000 converting pool drain covers to meet new state and federal laws.

While Winston-Salem expects all city pools to be compliant, it is estimated that 1 out of 5 pools in the county currently do not meet the regulations.

"Every public swimming pool in the state of North Carolina as of May 1st has to have submitted documentation proving compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act or they will not open their pools," a County Environmental Health Specialist explained.

The new law applies to pools at apartment complexes, hotels, country clubs, and public parks.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Instruct babysitters about potential hazards to young children in and around swimming pools and the need for constant supervision.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pool Safety for Animal Lovers

Layers of safety protection are as important for pets as it is for humans. Skamper-Ramp is a water exit ramp, a water escape ramp - a means of preventing animals and pets from drowning. Easy to assemble, lightweight, strong and inexpensive, it is white so all living things can see it.

Super Skamper RampBecause it is made of heavy-duty plastic, it is a deceptively simple-looking product. But behind that design there is a significant amount of engineering, science and testing. The primary science is that ALL living beings - domestic or wild; bugs, animals, or humans; colorblind or not - see the color white. When trapped, day or night, they see it and go to it to keep their heads out of water and for escape. Skamper-Ramp provides peace-of-mind to pet owners and animal lovers since it provides protections against drowning, day or night, 24/7.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Free Pool Safety Event in Arizona

If you are near Gilbert, Arizona, a free water safety event is being held at the Gilbert Town Hall, located 50 E. Civic Center Drive. The forum is from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Firefighters and hospital workers will be there to discuss their experiences with child drowning.

They’ll also offer some important water safety tips for families.

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Supervision is the best form of child safety. There should always be an adult present when children are near water. Never let children swim by themselves.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Teen Saves 3-Year-Old Brother from Drowning

This week in Louisiana, 16-year-old Trace Juneau saved his little brother's life by performing CPR on him after he fell into the family's above-ground pool, preventing an accident from turning into a terrible tragedy.

The child had climbed the pool's ladder and fell into the water. He was without supervision for only a moment.

Incidents like this one can happen in a matter of seconds. The ladder had not been removed because the family were in and out of the pool much of the day. The house's backdoor was left open, and the 3-year-old walked out without anyone noticing. Everyone looked for the child in the yard before checking the pool.

Read the article here.

When a child goes missing, it is important to always check the swimming pool first. Always take the time to remove the ladder to above-ground pools, no matter how much you are using the pool, and learning CPR is imperatve. Also, consider alarming your above-ground pool.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pool Safety Reminder

In Clark County, Las Vegas: Shortly before Brianna Rukavina was to install a pool safety fence around the family pool, she said her 1-year-old daughter fell into the pool and drowned.

Ever since, the mother has made it her mission to educate parents on the dangers of having an easily accessible pool -- and to help those parents who can’t afford to buy a fence.

“A lot of parents understand the dangers,” she said. “What it is (is) they cannot afford these amazing swim classes out there. Or they can’t afford to put a fence around their pool … (So) it still happens. We were well aware of the dangers in our pool.”

The American Red Cross offered parents some tips for summer safety:

• Enroll children and infants in swim classes;

• Always have a designated adult watching children;

• Keep life-saving gear nearby;

• Learn CPR;

• And, install a safety fence around the pool.

Pools built in Clark County after 2003 are required to have safeguards built into them, but earlier pools were grandfathered in under the less-restrictive rules.

The full article can be read here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alarms for your Safety Gate Provide Additional Safety

All pools should be fenced, but the weakest link in the fence is the gate and it should be alarmed. Any gate which allows young children easy access to a pool area should have a gate alarm.

Gate alarms have many benefits including alerting adults if a child opens the gate and enters the pool area, or if someone accidently leaves the gate open.

Remember: Always watch your kids around any body of water. Alarms are one way to add an extra layer of protection and is not a substitute for diligent child supervision or for suitable pool barriers.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Ensure that pet doors are secured or open into an area that is isolated from the pool.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Is Your Swimming Pool Safe?

Home swimming pools offer years of fun and activity for families. They can also be a significant threat to young children; those living in the home or in the surrounding neighborhood. The vast majority of children who drown in home pools were not expected to be in or around the pool.* Most children who drown in home pools do so by entering the water without their parent’s or caregiver’s knowledge.

May is National Water Safety Month. Regularly visit allsafepool.com to learn the options available to secure your swimming pool and help prevent tragedy, and enjoy your swimming pool for years to come.


*Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

May 2010 is National Water Safety Month

In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, including swim lessons, the buddy system, parental supervision, following the posted rules, and always being "water aware", the month of May, 2010 is National Water Safety Month.

National Water Safety Month will be celebrated through educational programs, public service anouncements, and the distribution of water safety themed materials, aimed primarily at the public.

More information can be found here: watersafetymonth.org

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Never prop your pool fence's gate open for convenience or during pool parties. It is simply not worth the risk.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Florida Starts Prosecuting Parents in Some Child Drowning Cases

Even though it can be difficult, prosecutors and crime scene investigators in Florida are beginning to build stronger cases against caregivers at child drownings — but only when the circumstances are extreme. They say they are angered by instances of obvious child neglect, and they hope it will reduce the chances of another tragedy.

There have been at least four prosecutions of adults in Florida pool drowning cases in the past two years, and many more in bathtub drownings. That includes a grandmother who went shopping and left a 5-year-old to wander out to an apartment pool; a woman passed out from alcohol and cocaine; and another woman who put her baby in the bathtub, then left to take a nap.

The best way to prevent drownings — just taking the time to watch your children — gets overlooked. The Florida Child Abuse Death Review Committee suggests threat of prison time could drive home the importance of supervision and the installation of proper pool safety barriers.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Drowning Prevention Event in Tustin, CA

If you are in the Tustin, California area, Swim Venture is giving free swim lessons to toddlers as part of their Drowning Prevention Campaign.

Event date: Tuesday, April 27, 3:00pm.

Call (714) 641-2636 or visit swimventure.com for locations.

Swimming lessons are one way of many to reduce the risk of drowning, but nothing replaces constant supervision around water.

Please also consider a pool safety barrier, such as a removable pool fence.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Open Water Safety Tips from Safe Kids USA

Follow these tips around open water:

Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

Enroll your child in swimming lessons after age 4 – typically the earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.

Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming.

Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.

Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.

Learn infant and child CPR and keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency.

More water safety tips can be found at safekids.org

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Make sure that there is always a life-saving floation device handy near the pool.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Child Drowns in Neighbor's Pool

A two-year old boy in Atlanta was reported missing today, and the police searching the neighborhood for the child found he had fallen into a nearby neighbor's pool.

The full article can be found here.

This terrible tragedy reminds us that even if you don't have children living in your home, if you have a swimming pool, you must take steps to prevent unwanted access to the pool. You never know who might enter your yard.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Swimming Pool Safety for Pets

Your pets require pool safety too!

Don't leave pets unsupervised in a yard with a pool. Not all dogs are good swimmers.

When building a pool, design lounge ledges along the sides. These are usually just below the water's surface and allow animals shallow areas from which to drink and an easy escape route from the water. Remember to show your dog where the exits are, and teach him or her several times.

Keep doors to the pool securely closed. Many dogs and cats can nose open doors, so make sure there is no gap between the door jam or sliding glass door runner and the door itself.

Buy a floating pool alarm device. These float in your pool and go off if the surface of the pool is disturbed. Have it designed so the alarm sounds outside and inside your home. Infrared beams can also alert you.

Disperse knotted nylon ropes at strategic locations along the sides. Make sure the knot is at the water's surface so the animal can more easily climb out. (This technique only works for climbing animals, such as raccoons, mice and squirrels).

More pool safety tips for pets can be found here.

Free Drowning Prevention Event in Fort Meyers, FL

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under four in Florida, and Florida has the highest drowning rate in the nation for that age group.

There are steps you can take now to keep your kids safe throughout the busy swimming season.

"I want parents to know that it can happen to anybody," said Michele King, Director of the Child Advocacy Program at the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. "This year already since January, we've had five children nearly drown and we've had one fatality – one child who drowned. All of those children were under the age of five."

The Children's Hospital is holding a free event to raise awareness about drowning prevention.

Tuesday through Thursday, they invite parents to the Atrium at HealthPark Medical Center. Families get to learn about CPR and safety equipment, and drowning prevention.

If you are in the area and interested in attending, more details about this event can be found here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Do not consider young children "drown proof" because they have had swimming lessons; young children should always be watched carefully while swimming.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Young Boy Saves Girl from Drowning

In Cape Coral, Florida yesterday, a 4 year old girl was pulled from a swimming pool and the hero who saved her from drowning is just a child himself; 10 year old Anthony Clone.

He and several other children were playing outside near the swimming pool, when the little girl reached for a toy and fell in. The other kids did not know what to do, but Anthony just jumped right in and pulled the little girl out.

Fortunately, thanks to Anthony's quick response, the little girl is just fine today. Parents need to remember that constant vigilance is necessary with children and swimming pools.

Read the full article here

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Remove steps to above-ground pools whenever the pool is not in use.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Weekend Pool Safety Events in Northern California

In preparation for the upcoming summer swimming season, the Contra Costa Fire District will hold daylong events in Antioch and Pleasant Hill this weekend to promote pool and water safety.

The safety events are set to begin at noon Saturday at these locations:

Prewett Family Water Park: 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA
Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park: 174 Gregory Ln, Pleasant Hill, CA

Survivors of near-drownings will speak, first responders will share stories, and hands-on displays of fire engines and ambulances will be on display.

The events are organized by the Contra Costa Pool Safety Council.

Since 2006, the fire district has recorded eight drownings and 13 near-drownings. That includes the death of a 2-year-old Concord girl who died in June after making her way past fencing around her home swimming pool, which serves as a reminder that constant adult supervision is a must even when the pool seems secure!

In addition to free swimming, planned activities for the events include learning exercises for children and parents, relay races and CPR demonstrations.

If you are in the area and are interested in participating in these free events, more information can be found here: Pool Safety Event

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Place patio tables and chairs well away from your pool fence to prevent children from climbing into the pool area.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Safety Turtle Provides Peace of Mind as well as Convenience

Unlike other pool alarms that require installation into your pool decking, the Safety Turtle child immersion alarm requires no installation at poolside. Simply plug in the base station, place a lockable Safety Turtle Wristband on your child, and if the wristband becomes wet, the base station will alarm, alerting you to potential danger.

Also, unlike other alarms, the Safety Turtle notifies you if the child falls into any body of water, not just the swimming pool (for example, a bathtub). Safety Turtle is also completely portable, making Safety Turtle an excellent choice to take with you on vacation or when visiting friends and relatives with swimming pools.

NOTE: Safety Turtle is not recommended for protection near salt water.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Two Year Old Found in Swimming Pool

In the news today: A 2-year-old boy in Myrtle Beach, SC was found in a swimming pool yesterday and this morning is in critical condition. The boy's parents said when they awoke Monday morning they began looking for the child. After going downstairs, they found the back sliding glass patio door open and the boy in the pool.

Investigators do not know how long the boy was actually in the pool. Read the full article here.

The Advantages of Choosing a Pool Fence to Secure Your Pool

Removable swimming pool fences have many advantages over other safety barriers.

There may be occasions when removing all or part of the fence is desirable. Removable pool fences allow sections to be removed to utilize more patio and yard area while the water is being enjoyed, or the entire fence can be easily taken down to maximize the pool and patio area for adult functions. Remember to keep an eye on the kids whenever you remove the fence!

Convenient pool access is another wonderful feature of removable swimming pool fences. Pool fences can have manual and self-closing gates strategically positioned for entry from multiple locations. Self-closing gates in pool fences require only the turn of a key to enter the pool area, and the gate can be closed and locked when the pool is not in use.

Another advantage is the transparent mesh. Parents can quickly and easily see through the fence to verify that the pool area is secure. Unlike other types of fences or solid pool covers, mesh pool fences allow a clear view of the swimming pool water. Not only are transparent swimming pool fences safer, but they are also more aesthetically pleasing.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Avoid leaving your kids alone even with small portable pools or water bodies like buckets, fountains, and barrels. There is always a danger of drowning occuring even in small bodies of water.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Automatic Pool Covers are a Great Safety Choice

Automatic vinyl pool covers provide a wide range of benefits and can be quite easy to remove and replace depending on the style that you choose. This type of pool cover is a great pool safety choice, and also provides for reduced pool maintenance, protection from leaves and debris and energy savings.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Safety Tips from Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation

Safety tips to think about as you plan your vacations for the upcoming summer season.

If you will be near water, never play near swimming pool drains or suction outlets, especially in 'kiddie pools' and spas. Never enter a pool or spa with a drain cover that is loose, broken, or missing. Install a four-sided, isolation pool fence that completely separates the house and play area of the yard from the pool area. Visit abbeyshope.org for more safety tips.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How Pool Nets Work to Help Prevent Tragedy

A swimming pool net stretches tightly across the pool, above the water, and prevents unwanted access by infants, toddlers and young children.

The squares of the pool net are too small for a child’s head or body to fit through and are too large to allow them to jump or play on the pool net.

If a child accidentally falls or attempts to crawl onto the safety pool net, the child’s arms or legs go through the net squares. This prevents them from advancing further onto the net. The child will typically cry or make other sounds to indicate their distress and the adult guardian can then go to their aid. As with all safety barriers the net is only to be used as deterrent and the child should never be left alone near the pool.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Typically in the US, over 800 children under age 14 drown each year. Nearly three times as many are treated for submersion injuries with about 20 percent suffering severe, permanent brain damage. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance urges swimming pool and spa owners to protect young children by installing an isolation fence completely around the pool that is at least four feet high and has a self-closing, self-latching gate that opens outward. A power safety cover is another effective barrier if closed every time an adult is not watching the pool or spa. An additional layer of protection is to install alarms on all house doors to alert parents when children try to exit the house unsupervised.

Whenever children are playing in or around water, parents and caregivers are urged to provide constant eye-contact supervision and to know proper rescue procedures, including CPR. Teaching children to swim is an additional layer of protection; swim lessons or flotation devices do not take the place of constant supervision.

The mission of the NDPA is to be a catalyst in drowning prevention by educating parents and professionals on effective drowning prevention measures. The NDPA’s current focus is to support research, awareness, and policy changes to reduce the incidence of toddler drowning in swimming pools.

For more information about the National Drowning Prevention Alliance visit www.NDPA.org

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Have a telephone at poolside to avoid having to leave children unattended in or near the pool to answer a telephone elsewhere. Keep emergency numbers at the poolside telephone.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Help Save Lives! Join us in Drowning Prevention

Join All-Safe in helping to prevent childhood drowning. Become a dealer of All-Safe's pool safety products. Removable mesh fencing, pool safety nets, and pool covers are excellent layers of safety for swimming pools, and help saves lives.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Child Saves Brother From Drowning

In the news today is the story of Cody Cronin. He is a five year old boy who, last week, rescued his little brother from the backyard swimming pool.

The Cronins’ pool is fenced and the entrance gates are usually kept locked and secured. But the two boys, anxious to swim, noticed the lock on one of the gates had been left unlocked. The boys knew better but were eager to swim, and they saw their opportunity. Read the full article here.

This shows that even with a proper barrier in place, adult supervision around swimming pools is a must. Remember to always keep your pool fence's gate locked at all times when the pool is not in use. Verify your self-closing, self-latching gate works properly and if repairs are required make taking care of them a priority.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Winter Pool Covers are an Excellent Safety Choice

Another safety choice to consider for your swimming pool is a winter pool cover. Keeping the pool clean and reducing maintenance is another advantage of a winter pool cover. The tightly woven mesh in winter pool covers allow water to filter through while screening out leaves and debris. The pool cover remains dry and the leaves and debris simply blow away. A winter pool cover is ideal for owners who close down their pool during the winter months, or don't use their pool very frequently.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

Never use a pool with its pool cover partially in place, since children may become entrapped under it. Always remove the cover completely.

Pool Safety Nets

As an alternative to a fence, pool safety nets are a great solution to preventing infants and toddlers from entering the pool water unseen or unheard. Pool safety nets provide a safe, secure barrier while maximizing the available backyard space and without blocking the view of the pool. This type of barrier has been in use with hundreds of thousands installed worldwide. The small squares are too small for a child's head or body to fit through and too large to allow them to walk, play, jump or stabilize themselves on the net. One adult can remove or replace a typical swimming pool safety net in just a few minutes, providing both safety and convenient access to the pool.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The ABC's of Pool Water Safety

Below are the ABC’s of pool water safety. By learning these water safety tips you and your child will learn how to prevent drowning.

A=Adult Supervision: Assign an adult to supervise children in and around the swimming pool and spa. This is needed whether there is one parent or guardian present or numerous adults present such as during a family event or party.

B=Barriers: Have a fence enclosure that isolates your swimming pool and spa from the home, play areas, front and side yards and the neighbor’s yard.

C=Classes: Learn how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Regularly visit All-Safe Pool Safety Products for pool safety tips and discuss drowning prevention with an All-Safe dealer in your neighborhood.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pool alarms provide an added layer of safety

In addition to pool safety fences and safety nets, a pool or door alarm can provide an additional layer of protection for your swimming pool. Alarms can alert parents to emergencies before it’s too late. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested numerous pool and door alarms. Check out their recommendations: Good Housekeeping's Pool Alarm Review

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Children Drown Without A Sound

If your child goes missing for even a moment, always remember to check the swimming pool first.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children ages 14 and under. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor in most drownings and near-drownings. Child drownings can happen in a matter of seconds--in the time it takes to answer the phone. There is often no splashing to warn of trouble. Children can drown in small quantities of water and are at risk in their own homes from wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, diaper pails, and toilets as well as swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Swimming Pool Fences Save Lives!

All-Safe Pool Safety Products is now offering removable mesh pool fencing online! This mesh pool fencing is available in black or brown, in four or five foot heights and is only available for purchase online. Visit All-Safe's website and secure your swimming pool with this economical pool safety solution. Swimming pool fences provide a barrier to your swimming pool and help save lives!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Drowning Prevention

Drowning can occur in as little as three seconds and is a leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age. Additionally, each year there are thousands of young victims of near drowning who require emergency room treatment, many of whom suffer permanent brain damage. A majority of children who are involved in these tragic accidents have been missing from sight for less than five minutes and were last seen in the home. While there is no substitute for adult supervision, a pool fence or pool safety net provides a necessary, additional, layer of protection between your child and your pool and helps guard against disaster.