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Water Safety! Keep Our Children From Drowning!

Water Safety Tips- Keep Arizona Children from drowning this year.

A topic near and dear to my heart is swimming…and along with that, kids swimming and splashing during our long hot summers. Too frequently we turn on the news to discover another drowning has happened around our valley cities and surrounding areas in the state. Did you know that as of the end of April 2014 there were 11 deaths in Maricopa and Pinal counties due to children drowning? 

Selling homes in Maricopa county, we have shown countless properties with a swimming pool, that was not compliant for our families moving in with children under 6. If you have little ones living with, or frequently guests at your home, you need to be compliant to the Swimming Pool Barrier Ordinance put out by your respective city. For more information and to check to see where your home and pool stand, see below links.

For Swimming Pool Barrier Ordinance by municipality: www.aaronline.com/documents/pool_contacts.aspx

The Arizona Department of Health Services Private Pool Safety notice may be found at: http://azdhs.gov/phs/oeh/pool_rules.htm

From www.preventdrowning.org

Pool Safety Tips

Block

Make sure your pool and/or spa has an effective barrier, such as a fence to help guard against unauthorized access.
Your pool or spa should have a barrier regardless of whether they are covered.
Door and windows leading to the pool areas should be locked.
Fence gates should have self-closing, self-latching mechanisms. Latches need to be out of reach of young children.

Watch

Never leave your child unattended in or near a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, not even for a second.
Keep toys, tricycles, and other children’s play things away from the pool or spa.
Don’t consider your children to be “drownproof” because they have taken swimming lessons.
Don’t allow barriers, such as fences or walls, give you a false sense of security regarding your child’s safety. There is No substitute for adult supervision.

Learn

Learn how to administer CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and other lifesaving techniques. To administer CPR correctly you must be properly trained.
Know how to contact your local emergency medical services. Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area. Post the emergency number in an easy to see place.
Learn to swim and teach age appropriate children to swim.

Other resources from Az Central:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/2014/04/18/safety-around-pools-priority-adults-children/7876353/

http://www.azcentral.com/videos/news/nation/2014/05/20/9324349/

Join the team at Arizona eHomes in making efforts to educate everyone you know in ensuring we are properly securing our pools, and correctly watching our little ones around all water sources. 

 

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