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

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 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.