7 tips to keep your family safe in the swimming pool
Swimming pools can provide a refreshing retreat during the hot summer months, but they can also pose a major risk. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third-leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.
Proactively prevent the risk of injury or death from drowning. Keep these pool safety tips in mind:
Supervise children and use the buddy system.
No one should ever swim alone. Always supervise children when around the pool. Even adults should use the buddy system. Have another person present just in case there is an emergency.
Keep toys away from the pool when not in use.
Toys in the pool area could lure children toward the water, where they can easily fall in.
Surround the pool with a fence or barrier on all sides.
Ideally, the pool should be fenced in separately from the rest of the yard. If the house acts as the fourth side of a barrier to the pool, install a pool alarm to alert you when someone enters the pool area.
Install a self-closing, self-latching gate.
The latch should be at least 54 inches from the ground to keep it out of small children's reach.
Do not substitute the ability to swim for fences and gates around a swimming pool.
Knowing how to swim does not prevent drowning. Even adults who have the ability to swim can drown in a pool if other factors, such as alcohol, are involved.
Keep children away from drains and other openings.
Drains and other openings in the pool can create dangerous traps for children. Hair and clothing can get stuck in these systems, trapping victims underwater.
Create a pool safety kit.
This should include:
- A standard first aid kit for minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes.
- A floatation device for pool rescues.
- Heavy-duty scissors to cut hair or clothing in the event it gets stuck in a drain or filter.
- A phone to call emergency personnel.
Follow these tips to stay safe and have a great time in the pool this summer.
Delayed flights and lost luggage often headline the list of concerns for travelers, but they are minor inconveniences compared to severe illness, missing prescriptions, or serious injury away from home.
The time to prepare for sickness is before germs hit your team. Illnesses can happen anytime, but flu season generally peaks between December and February, although it can stretch from October through May. Consider how you canprevent an outbreak and how you can respond quickly to limit the impact and costs to your business.
When Jenny VanDeHei left for college to study business, she thought she had picked her last stone and fed her last calf. She loved the family farm she grew up on, but she saw her future as an accountant, in an office building in the city, far from the country fresh smell of cow manure.
When you’re born into a farm family, on the job training begins the moment you can walk. You learn quickly where it’s safe to play, not to startle the animals, and that there’s always a way you can help – no matter your age. Curt Weis, Manager – Farm and Agribusiness Training, can attest to this because he earned his keep by working on his family’s farm right up until he left for college.
Patti Lemke, Sr. Agribusiness Underwriter, spent her entire young life living and working on a farm. Her parents owned and operated a small farm in Eden, Wis. that milked 65 cows in a stanchion barn, and she worked on a large dairy farm that milked 700 head from the time she was 14 until she left for college.