What is the best way to prevent drowning when in the pool? Is it learning how to swim? Believe it or not, even swimmers can suffer from drowning because of neglect of the pool safety rules. And most of the victims are the children from 1 year to teens.
According to the Infographic: Home pool and spa safety steps, the different pools affect the death tolls of children. The kinds of pools are in-ground, above ground, and portable. Whatever the kind of pool you have at home, you should install safety systems.
• Water Safety Measures – The water in the pool needs to have safety measures. To maintain the cleanliness and clarity of the water, regular cleaning and proper maintenance need to be done. The chemical levels need checking, as well as the filtration system to see if it is properly working.
• Barriers or Fence – This is used to prevent children from going to the home pools. The Infographic even suggests that the fence be at least 4 feet high.
• Alarms – These are important in notifying parents if children try to go for a swim. It is placed on the gate, door, or windows going to the pool.
• Safety covers placed on top of the pool – Making sure that the cover works properly, with no tear, will help in preventing children from swimming without permission.
Other systems or measures help prevent accidents or injuries, especially drowning. You should not neglect all the information presented in the Infographic as it will surely save your child’s life, whether in your home pool or in others.
Still think your pool is safe? It will be, once pool safety measures and precautions are followed and shared with everyone in the family. Letting your child know the following safety steps will also help him be careful and alert when in the pool.
Fireworks help us celebrate our most momentous occasions — from New Year’s Eve to Fourth of July. The sounds of fireworks may be associated with American celebrations but the sound of ambulance sirens is not! When you are using fireworks you must remember that they are very dangerous and are not just toys that look cool when they explode. Fireworks safety is very important especially since an estimated 9,140 people a year on average are injured by fireworks and an average of 6.6 people die every year because of a lack of fireworks safety.
If you do decide to use fireworks this Fourth of July be sure to follow these safety tips to help prevent injuries or fire and have a safe time.
- Be sure to check if fireworks are legal in your area before you purchase them many states such as: Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island ban all consumer fireworks. And states such as California have very strict policies on consumer fireworks and in many cases you can be fined or jailed. Certain states also only permit use of sparklers such as: Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Maine and Vermont. Also be sure to check the legal dates and times in which you can buy them in your state.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because often this is a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Never throw fireworks at people.
- Never keep fireworks in your pocket.
- Keep all animals inside and away from fireworks. The day after the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve are the busiest times for shelters for lost pets because fireworks scare animals. Be sure to keep them locked inside in a safe area with the TV or music on to help them when the blasts go off.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a safe, non-wooden area.
- Having a working garden hose or bucket of water handy.
- Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- Always wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks.