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.