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.