Cool by the Pool!

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Did you know portable pools are a great place to cool off AND pose great risk for drowning in young children? Make sure your kids are always supervised around the silent killer that offers loud fun…WATER! Silence is not good, kids having fun in the water are loud! Kids in danger in the water are silent! Empty and flip your portable pool over everyday. We know…What a pain and waste of water! But, it helps with germs, and is better than the unthinkable alternative. Not just for your kids, unexpected neighborhood kids too!

Awesome Videos: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/portable-pools-increase-drowning-risk/story?id=13869625#.UaTu6tI6OSo

Who is your water watcher? The person who’s sole responsibility is to watch the water…no phones, no books, no magazines, no looking away, no running in for a sec…just watching the water. Even when watching, determining that a person is drowning can be difficult. Screaming loudly…NOPE, they can barely breathe. Waving their hands in the air…NOPE, they will likely push arms downward in an effort to push their heads above water.

Three quick tips: 1. learn to swim, 2. know cpr, 3. be close (never swim alone, always with a buddy).

REMEMBER: a drowning person will pull you down, so flotation devices are a MUST!

Planning to have a splashing good time at the water park this summer? SUPERVISION! Read all posted signs and follow all rules.  Note that all slides, rides, and equipment are not created equal. Pay attention to the depth of the water and how to use each ride safely.  Before you start down a slide or ride, be in the correct position and prepare for landing!

Great Resource: http://www.poolsafely.gov/.

Previous Lexlee’s Kids Article: http://www.lexleeskids.org/category/summer-safety.

Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety!   If you have questions or concerns about summer/water safety, post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at (225) 372-3991.

Safe Summer Splash!

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Lexlee’s Kids is heating up for a safe summer sizzle, and we would like you and your family to splash into safety!  Although swimming, boating and fishing are fun summer activities, danger could be near if the proper precautions are not taken.  Be sure to keep a keen eye on those little fish when in or around water.

David

Life jacket requirements depend on the size of the boat but ALL vessels must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device per person on board and persons 16 and younger should wear a life jacket at all times while on board.

Coast Guard-approved life jackets are now more attractive and comfortable to wear. A properly fitted life jacket or PFD can help prevent drowning.  Inflatable floating products are not safety devices and can deflate if punctured.  Look for U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs.

  • Type I:  (Offshore life jacket) Best for open, rough or remote waters
  • Type II:  (Near-shore buoyant vest) Good for calm or inland waters
  • Type III:  (Flotation aid) Good for conscious users in inland waters
  • Type IV:  (Throwable device) to be used in addition to wearable PFDs
  • Type V:  (Special use device) More convenient or useful for specific activities

Fishin’ for Safety:

Make sure to look behind you before throwing your line.  You do not want your catch of the day to be your fishing friend.  Do not leave your tackle on the ground; save it for the fish.

Alyssa and Daddy

The Sunny South:

You are my Sunshine never had more meaning!  When you are having fun in the sun, do not go sunny side up.  Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.  Use SPF of 15 or greater to protect against UVA and UVB rays, even on cloudy days.  Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in a well-done kiddo.  Wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella may help protect you and your little ones from the sun.  Be sure to pack plenty of drinking water!

Safe Summer Splash:

Keep rescue equipment, such as:  A shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end; life preserve and a portable telephone near when staying cool by the pool. 

Installing a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool will help keep the little ones away from the water.  The fence should not have openings that a young child could use to get over, under or through.  Make sure pool gates self-close and have a self-latch at a height children cannot reach.

Who is your water watcher, the person who is assigned to watch the children around water and only that?  The summer season is a time for fun and special memories.  Add safety to your summer plan, and create memories that will bring a smile to your face.  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kid’s safety. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at 225-761-7272 or www.lexleeskids.org.