Monday, November 25, 2013

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Get real on pool safety, not statistics

Pool safety needs to get serious not just statistics
Hannah’s Foundation, Drowning Prevention, Awareness and Advocacy group says drowning prevention and water safety must get real to the public eye instead of just numbers.
Katherine Plint, Founder of Hannah’s Foundation said “Statistics are becoming really boring, people don’t understand them, they are not being listened to and parents specifically want the real facts on how people have died.”
“In response to the research by Pool Werx and Laurie Lawrence those stats are not surprising but they are actually lower than those previously researched over the last ten years.  To me that is PROGRESS on education to pool owners.  1000 people though isn’t really enough indication and some research funding would be better spent on Public education in the first place.”  Mrs Plint said.
“When we first lost Hannah, we were seeing over 85% of pools of non-compliant fencing where now that statistic in Qld most definitely is lower because rental properties are under the new legislation.”
“I was disappointed that any type of research didn’t break down owned homes vs rentals or even disclose such because in 2009 our records in regards to safety in rentals was the pivotal point of change for pool legislation in QLD”
“The last year saw seven children in Qld drown in backyard pools and yes they are all preventable tragic accidents but what we aren’t hearing is why they drowned in the first place.  The public need to the reason/cause and then a safety message from that tragedy, not statistics.”
“In Qld one gate was propped open giving access to the pool, the child was also in the sight of an older child, the message is clear pool gates are meant to be closed to prevent children under four from entering and only Adult supervision prevents drowning.  Pool legislation is for toddlers not older kids and people need to understand that.”
“Two children gained access through broken gates both children simply dropped the gate by standing on it.  The message is for pool owners to check their gates regularly and maintain them is crucial.”
“One was in a rental property where after a long deluge of rain the tiles on the bottom of the gate had shifted and prevented the gate from shutting.  Again it’s up to tenants to report faults so their agencies can have them repaired”  She said.
“A child drowned whilst visiting a family friend and sadly an object such as towel has been caught on the gate and prevented the lock from catching.  Again the message is never place objects such as towels, clothes or pool toys near the gate or fence”
“Two kids were over five and were left in Pools or were swimming at the time and floatation devices and lack of supervision by swimming alone was contributory.  The message here is don’t’ leave kids in floatation devices and never allow kids to swim alone, even if they are good swimmers”
Mrs Plint said “Qld now had to address home owners on pool safety and get their pools up to the new standard; we don’t wish to see an influx of panicked owners needing compliance and then facing fines in 2015 when there are needed to meet the new standard of pool safety”
“Councils across the country need to stop being so lazy and enforce pool legislation.  These laws have been enforceable since 1991 and not many councils have taken their powers seriously”
“Councils need to also educate their pool owners on how to maintain their fences and what issues to look for and public education information nights are the way to do that and social media”
“Sadly many parents believe that CPR and Swimming lessons will save their children, this isn’t the case.”
She said “If people understood that drowning is fatal that message is clear, watch your children and prevent the access to water because you don’t want to find out if little Mary’s skills will save her or your skills of CPR.  I knew CPR and Hannah could swim why is she dead?”  She said.
“Out of the five under four last year three of those had been in lessons since they were six months of age”
“The message is to always supervise around water even with a pool fence, it’s when supervision breakdown and a non-compliant barrier is in place is when a tragedy will occur”
“I call upon all the agencies to research inquests and speak to the families of these tragedies and understand how simple they happen and educate the public accordingly, we have been doing this now for six years and we are the only agency in Australia doing this”
“Many families want to tell their stories but they don’t trust big companies to do it because many in the past have been polished and haven’t addressed the real reasons in which drownings occur, that is why Inquest findings are needed to be able to print the facts and those facts can’t be disputed”  She said.
“Australia does need to get serious about preventing drowning because there is no cure.  We call on the media to help us do more.”  She said.
For more information on Hannahs Foundation please phone 07 5465 2000 or Katherine Plint on 0423 869 063 (directly) for radio or interviews.
Hannah’s Foundation Ltd is a registered charity and is the only charity in Australia supporting families and victims of drowning and water tragedies.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Water Safety Pool Barrier of Oklahoma

Water Safety

Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or
Follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of waterincluding ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure thesafety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Red Cross endorses Pool Barriers around pools

The American Red Cross urges the use of pool barriers that "enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool."

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

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Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the US, where about 10 people die from drowning every day.
The risk is even greater among children aged 1-4, who have the highest drowning rates, and it remains the second-leading cause of accidental death (second only to motor vehicle accidents) for kids 1-14.1
What’s shocking, however, is that many drowning deaths among children occur when the child is being supervised and may be only a short distance from an adult. Occurring quickly and quietly, a drowning can happen right before your eyes, before you even realize what happened…

Many people believe a drowning person will flail about in the water, splash and make noise to call for help. But this image, widely used on TV shows to depict a drowning, is far from reality.
Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., a former lifeguard and educator, coined the term “instinctive drowning response” to describe what happens when a person is very close to drowning. In the video above, you can see an example, in this case a boy who is little more than an arm’s reach away from several other swimmers who are oblivious to his distress.
As Pia explains, when a person is drowning, nature takes over and the movements become a result of instinct. For starters, the person will not be able to call for help, as their body is working on struggling to breathe first and foremost.
They also will not be able to wave their arms to attract attention, as the instinctive response is for your arms to extend out laterally and press down against the water’s surface in an attempt to keep your head above water. Children may even appear to be dog-paddling when in fact they’re drowning.
The other telltale sign of a drowning person is no movement from their legs; a drowning person will not kick but will instead remain upright in the water, sometimes appearing to be climbing an invisible ladder with their feet.

5 Signs of Drowning to Memorize Before Your Next Trip to the Beach or Pool

According to Dr. Pia and Mario Vittone, a former US Cost Guard rescue swimmer:2
The Instinctive Drowning Response represents a person's attempts to avoid the actual or perceived suffocation in the water. The suffocation in water triggers a constellation of autonomic nervous system responses that result in external, unlearned, instinctive drowning movements that are easily recognizable by trained rescue crews.”
You, too, can learn to recognize the signs that a person is in need of immediate assistance in the water. If a person is shouting and waving for help, they may still be in distress and need assistance. However, the five signs that follow, reported inOn Scene, the journal of US Coast Guard Search and Rescue,3 may occur when a person is only 20-60 seconds from disappearing below the surface:
  • Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary, or overlaid, function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
  • Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
  • Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
  • Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
  • From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response, people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

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"A drowning person will not call out for help or wave their arms; a person who is drowning will be quiet and can slip under water in 20-60 seconds, often in close proximity to others who are unaware the person is in distress." 

Also, drowning has been upgraded to the #1 cause of accidental death for children under 5, surpassing motor vehicle accidents.

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