CDC and Olympic Champion Amanda Beard team up for healthy swimming
The documentation supporting nude showers and other preventative measures like refraining from urinating in swimming pools is manifold. Most people are aware that they need to do or not do certain things either before or while swimming, but simply choose the opposite. The Center for Disease Control is hoping that Olympic Champion swimmer Amanda Beard will help them disseminate the message of how to keep and maintain healthy swimming pools through behavior modification of the swimmers.
Click here to read about the collaboration between CDC and Amanda Beard
Water Safety: Could You Spot a Drowning Child?
If you think drowning involves failing arms and cries for help, you're 100% wrong. Read on for the symptoms and signs.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death of children from ages 1-14, and the leading cause of death of children aged 1-4, so says the CDC. A large part of the problem is that drowning is a silent killer, and doesn't look at all like it does in the movies and on television. Learn to know the warning signs of drowning and how to prevent it, as well as what to do when you are in this terrifying situation.
Click here to read about drowning prevention from Grandparents.com
Toddler pool safety requires diligence
From U~T San Diego
Pool fences, Pool covers, and pool alarms are all great layers of protection to keep your inground swimming pool safe for your kids. There is no substitute, however, for paying attention to your kids while they are in and around your pool. An inordinate amount of preventable drownings happen when parents simply lose track of their kids, only to discover that tragedy has occurred. This article from U~T San Diego also presents some great preventative measures, such as the establishment of good swimming pool rules and regulations, utilizing a life preservers, and getting kids swimming lessons as early as possible. The important thing is that layers of protection are put in place to ensure redundancy, and to keep everyone safe and sound.
Click here to read about toddler pool safety layers of protection
CPSC Pool Safety Update
From SanBruno Patch
Statistics show that there are an inordinate amount of injuries and fatalities related to swimming pool drownings in children 5 and under in the United States. Drownings are especially prevalent in the African American and Hispanic communities, where it was revealed that the overwhelming majority of those communities cannot swim. The CPSC, in an effort to educate the public on ways to prevent this alarming trend, has issued some guidelines for drowning prevention. In their campaign known as Pool Safely, the CPSC has chosen to focus on two very important things that would eliminate a large portion of the problem.
Click here to see the two most important preventatives to drownings
3 S's for Swimming Safety this Summer
From AquaticSafetyGroup via Youtube
Safety around a swimming pool is paramount to prevent accidential drownings. There are many ways to keep your swimming pool safe, but to make the biggest strides, it is best to keep the message simple. In this video from the Aquatic Safety Group, swimming pool safety is distilled into a simple mnemonic: Supervision, Suit-up in a life jacket, and Swim Lessons. Adhering to the three "s"'s could eliminate a very large percentage of accidential drownings that occur every day in America.
Orlando Television station reveals 3 signs a child could be drowning
from Click Orlando.com
Drowning doesn't look like drowning, and if one has a picture in their mind's eye about what it looks like, it is probably wrong. In addition to this misconception, there are many distractions that can lure the hawkish parent or lifeguard away from an acutal drowning incident. This video outlines the three keys to watch for to prevent this disaster from happening in your own backyard swimming pool, or at the public swimming pool.
Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning
From Mario Vittone
Do you know what it looks like when someone is drowning? You probably have an image from television or the movies, of a potential victim splashing and thrashing wildly yelling "help, I cant swim!" Unfortunately, this is not at all what the actual drowning response looks like. Follow the link above to hear about what drowning really looks like, and how to recognize it if it ever happens in your presence.
Set healthy example by getting in the swim of things this summer
Many parents face the summer school holiday with much trepidation. While they don't want the kids sitting around in the air conditioning playing their X-Box, they also fear the dangers that can be inherent in several outdoor activities. This article talks about the value of swimming in the equation of making a better life for our kids, especially when they are on vacation from schoool.
A Call to Action From CPSC: Teach All Children How To Swim and Put a Fence Around All Pools
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has just released a report on the dangers of drowning in swimming pools and spas. This article proffers a simple solution to this hazard: Teach children to swim and put fences around pools. These simple steps could save thousands of lives, and are very easy to do. Click the link above to read more about the study, and what needs to be done to prevent drowning.
Water Safety at Home Tips
from Safe Kids Worldwide
Don't Leave Kids Alone in or Around Water
Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
Put the cell phone away, forget about all the other things you have to do and give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.
When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.
Remove Water From Tubs and Buckets After Use
Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children's reach.
Close Lids and Doors
Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
Parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.