DIVE INTO POOL SAFETY WITH UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES
As the weather heats up, families will seek refuge in the cool waters of their neighborhood or backyard pools. Although there’s nothing like a quick dip on a hot summer’s day, pool season doesn’t come without potential risks. In fact, approximately 4,200 people go to the emergency room every year due to pool or spa-related injuries.
This may seem like just a statistic, but it’s not. It can happen to you. I know because it happened in our family. Our nephew’s life was cut short in a swimming pool accident. It only takes the turn of your head, a slip, a bump and your life can change in a second.
I grew up with having a swimming pool in the backyard, and there were many incidents that I can recall where fortunately help came quickly, but it’s not guaranteed, and seemingly innocent activities around water can turn devastating quickly.
This summer, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading product safety testing organization, is providing useful tips to help you and your “little minnows” stay safe.
POOL SAFETY AT HOME
- If you have a pool at home, install a fence. The fence should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate that has a locking mechanism beyond a child’s reach.
- Cut overhanging tree limbs and remove chairs or ladders from the pool area to prevent children from climbing over the fence that surrounds the pool.
- Keep grates and drain covers in good repair and secured in place. Alert your family and guests to stay away from these devices, as the suction from drain outlets can be strong enough to cause entrapment of hair or body parts, which can potentially cause a person to drown.
- Make sure you know infant and child CPR if you own a pool.
BE SAFETY SMART WHILE SWIMMING
- Always have rescue devices, such as UL-LISTED life preservers, nearby.
- Flotation devices, toys and inflatable swimming aids are not safety devices. They are toys and can easily puncture and deflate.
- Always drain wading pools after children are done playing. Infants can drown in just a few inches of water.
- Have a telephone nearby and appropriate emergency numbers posted.
- Remove all toys when you leave the pool. Toys may attract children to the unattended pool.
Because they are committed to keeping your family safe, UL has partnered up with Disney Educational Productions to produce the Wild About Safety DVD series featuring Timon & Pumbaa. In these short DVDs (just over 10 minutes each), Timon & Pumbaa teach children about safety and environmental issues. Armed with their Safety Smart Checklist, they head out to look and learn where hazards lurk and what they can do to stay safe.
You can get Disney’s Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart in the Water at Amazon.com for $9.99.
I have five copies of UL & Disney’s “Safety Smart in the Water!” DVD featuring Timon and Pumbaa to giveaway.
To enter the giveaway leave a comment below. You can do this daily. I also hope you’ll visit http://www.safetyathome.com, for more ways to keep your family safe, not sorry this summer.
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