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