Swimmers, Boaters, Skiers, Crabbers, Fisherman and CHILDREN anywhere near water should exercise water safety.
Children can drown in any pool of water even something as small as 1 foot deep. Always watch that the children are no where near water without an adult that is alert and constantly watching them. There have been countless horror stories where children wandered away from their older brother or sister and fell head first over a tree limb and hit their head and landed in a muddy puddle of water and drowned.
Back yard pools is another area where water safety must be exercised. The pool area should be fenced and have an alert floater in the pool in case anyone falls into the water when no one else is around.
Even an adult in the pool area should exercise water safety as they could have a heart attach or stroke and fall into the pool. Even pool cleaners must exercise water safety.
There have been stories where pool cleaners have become dizzy when
using the chemicals to clean the pool and have fallen in not be rescued alive.
When around any body of water make sure there are 2 people watching. Better to exercise water safety than to make an older brother or sister have it on their conscious that they were responsible for a younger siblings death.
- Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.
- Don’t take chances, by over estimating your swimming skills.
- Swim only in designated swimming areas.
- Never swim alone.
Drowning is the SECOND leading cause of accidental deaths for persons 15-44 years of age.
Even in a guarded pool you should be aware of water safety. Look for the universal sign of no diving. Many people have ignored this sign and dove into a shallow pool head first and broken their neck. These injuries can lead to serious neck and spinal injuries including paralysis, in the form of quadriplegia or paraplegia.
You must always be aware of the signage at pools and the depth before diving. Most pools do not have diving boards anymore to prevent injuries from divers. Insurance Companies have been very instrumental in asking homeowners to remove slides and diving boards to prevent injuries for water safety prevention.
Also the drain covers in public and residential pools and spas by December 19,2008 must be refitted to proper drain covers. Here is some information on the covers:
- Drain Covers, Public and Residential Pools and Spas. By December 19, 2008, all drain covers manufactured or sold in the United States must conform to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
- All public pools and spas (as defined by the Act), both new and existing, must be equipped with drain cover systems conforming to the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard.
- All public pools and spas (pump) with a single main drain, other than an unblockable drain, must be equipped with an ASME A112.19.8-2007 compliant cover system and one or more of the following additional devices or systems: a safety vacuum release system (SVRS); suction limiting vent system; gravity drainage system; automatic pump shutoff system; or drain disablement.
This Information is under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.
Pool And Spa Safety Law Aimed At Preventing Drain Entrapments of Children Goes Into Effect Dec. 19,2008.
It is the responsibility of the parent, caretaker, and pool owner to exercise water safety to prevent accidents in and around their pools and spas.
Another area where water safety is of extreme importance is where electrical cords or devices are in the area. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Electrical shock or electrocution can occur in a pool if live electrical current flowing through appliances and devices comes into contact with water. The lights that are inside a pool must be checked and be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to prevent a flow of electrical shock. If you see that any of these lights are out you should contact your pool operator immediately to check them. When visiting motels or hotels be aware of them, do not touch them when in the pool. Make sure you question the life guards and ask for an electrical technician to check if they are safe if the lights are out.
Never get in a pool or any body of water if there is lightning or a storm brewing. High winds can cause objects to fly into the pool or body of water and hit you.
Keep lifesaving equipment next to your pool on the fence or on a board built specifically to house the equipment to save someone. All public pools have a requirement to carry life saving tools. Such items normally include a pole, a rope a life ring, Sheppard’s hook that can provide immediate assistance for water safety to a person in trouble.
Use only unbreakable dishes, beverage containers, and utensils around the pool area. Broken glass in invisible in water and extremely difficult to get our of the support system. Alcoholic drinks and drugs should never be around the pool for it users. If you are on medication you should always consult with your doctor if you should swim in a pool while using the medication.
Everyone should shower before entering the pool. People with skin, ear, genital or
other body infections, open sores or wounds should not use the pool because of the possibility of spreading infection. You should always question someone if these signs are visible it is for the protection of YOU and everyone using the pool. Lifeguards at hotels are taught water safety classes to question their guests and prevent injuries.
A deck or patio around the pool should have slip-resistant surface or painted with a “get a grip” surface to prevent slips and falls.
All swimmers, boaters, skiers and fisherman around bodies of water should follow the above guides for pools. Of course additional water safety precautions need to be taken. You should always have life jackets in your boats and someone should be designated as the life guard who is watching the swimmers, skiers and fisherman on the boat or on a pier, lake, ocean or any body of water to rescue if necessary and prevent injuries.