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.