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Pool Safety: Protecting your children

The weather is finally starting to heat up and that means the summertime pool parties have arrived.  We’re providing you with some pool safety tips to help prevent injuries from happening this summer.

 1.       How to prevent children from drowning.  Drowning is the most obvious danger and children age 1-4 have the highest drowning rates.  Here are some easy ways to prevent that.  When small children are swimming, an adult with CPR training should be no more than arms length away from the child and actively supervising the child.  A large percentage of drowning events occur in with parents nearby where adults are simply not paying.  Contrary to how it’s depicted in television, drowning is a silent event that does not include the splashing and thrashing that we have come to see.  It is also important to clear the swimming area of pool toys once you are done swimming to prevent temptation for the child to go back in the water on his/her own.  As anyone with kids knows, they can disappear in an instant, and the last place you want them to go alone is in to the deep end of a pool to retrieve an inflatable raft or other pool toy.

 2.       Pool chemical safety.  The Poison Control Center receives as many as 10,000 reports of exposure to chlorine in pool chemicals annually with two in every five cases involving children under the age of 6.  Another 4,000 cases are reported for respiratory and eye irritation, usually from improper storing, mixing or use of pool chemicals.  The solution: Store pool chemicals separately in a dry location away from heat or sunlight (a top shelf of a kitchen cabinet is a safe location out of the reach of children).  Also, do not mix chlorine-based products because any mixture with an acid can release a deadly chlorine gas.  Also, consider a “natural swimming pool” which disinfects a pool without the use of dangerous chemicals such as chlorine.

 3.       Learn and teach basic lifeguard techniques.  You don’t have to become a certified lifeguard to keep your children safe in a pool.  However, it is worth your time to learn how to spot drowning, how to perform basic lifesaving techniques, and how to perform CPR on children and adults.  If you’re swimming at a neighbor’s pool, there is no lifeguard on duty.  So the burden to protect young swimmers falls on you.  Once you are confident in your abilities to perform these basic techniques, train others.  The more adults that learn this valuable skill set, the safer your children will be.

 The summertime is a great time to play outside.  These basic safety tips can help keep your children safe around the pool during this exciting time of year.

Ballpark Safety Tips

It’s Little League season again and that means it’s time for a friendly reminder of how to be safe when taking the kids to the ballpark.  Here’s a few friendly safety tips for you and the family to exercise when heading to the ball fields this spring.  Some our more obvious than others, so pay attention.

1.       Make sure the kids are wearing the property safety equipment. – For the typical little leaguer, this means wearing a helmet when hitting at all times.  Similarly, catchers should wear a full equipment gear including the mask when catching pitches.  Kids are still learning at this age, so you can expect some wild pitches.  Mouth guards and cups are also advised equipment.

2.       Use Sunscreen – Whether it’s sunny or a cloudy day, those UV rays are going to get you and your kids.  So wear appropriate level sunscreen. Waterproof sunscreen is preferable because it won’t come off as easy when your kid sweats or pours water on his or her face.  Most local pharmacies carry travel size bottles around that easily fit into purses or ballbags.  Sunburn is a great way to ruin a weekend retreat.

3.       Watch for flying objects! – You’re at a ballpark, likely with multiple games going on at once.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Balls may come at you from multiple directions.  So if you hear someone hollering heads up, pay attention!

4.       Peanuts and Crackerjacks aren’t for everyone – Peanut allergies are becoming more and more common. So before you share a bag of peanuts with your kid’s teammate, make sure you clear it with his/her parents.  You don’t want to start an allergy attack at a little league game.  So be mindful of who you’re sharing food with.

What to Keep In Our Cars for Emergencies

After the recent chaos in Birmingham and Atlanta, we have really been thinking differently about what we keep in our cars for emergencies.  The following is a list of items you should keep handy, just in case:

1.  Jumper cables (preferably with the knowledge to use them safely)
2.   Spare tire, tire iron, and car jack (and/or fix-a-flat)
3.   Blanket or sleeping bag:  This is one we never think about, but many of the people that spent the night in their vehicles on Birmingham highways would have loved to have had one.
4.   Drinking water and/or energy bars
5.   Phone charger
6.   Emergency lighting:  Road flares and reflectors make you visible if broken down or stranded at night.  A flashlight could prove useful as well.


Common Sense Rules for Winter Driving

Yesterday Birmingham had a snow storm with an accumulation of approximately 1-2 inches of snow.  The city shut down, the roads were piled with cars, the roads closed, people abandoned their vehicles and walked home, and others stayed with their vehicles and slept in them over night.

While it is true the south doesn’t experience snow very often, there are standard rules for winter driving that everyone can follow to ensure a safe passage home.  Rule 1: Slow down – have respect for the snow and ice – drive for the conditions by slowing down.  Rule 2: Keep more than a safe distance between you and the car in front of you – this allows you time to stop without a collision and time to maneuver should the car in front of you begin to slide or go off road into the ditch.  Rule 3: Do Not Slam On Your Brakes – always apply slow even pressure to brakes in wintery conditions to help prevent an out of control skid situation.

The Proper Use of Temporary Spare Tires

As more and more vehicles come with equipped with temporary tires instead of spare tires, it’s time to talk safety.  The other day I drove passed a car on the side of the road with a blown out temporary tire.  It was obvious the temporary tired had been used for more than temporary purposes.  The horrible part in this instance, is when the temporary tire blew it took out a good part of the front bumper on this particular vehicle.

The temporary tire is made to be just as it is named, temporary.  It’s sole purpose is to get you off the side of the road and to the nearest tire center.  The temporary tire is not made for extended use or excess mileage.  It is meant for very short trips to be changed out with a proper tire and stored back in the trunk for the next emergency.

Think safety first and remember to only use the temporary tire for a temporary purposes and remind your friends and family as well.



Safe Toys for Christmas

We can always count on children to remind us of the true joy associated with the holiday season. So it’s up to us – parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and family – to keep that spirit alive by selecting safe toys for the kids in our lives.

Unfortunately, making a list and checking it twice for safety is not always easy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not test all toys, and not all toys in stores or online meet CPSC standards.Trouble in Toyland, the definitive annual survey from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, identified numerous toys out there right now that are toxic, create choking or strangulation hazards, are too loud or present other dangers.

While supervision is still the best bet to prevent childhood injuries, our hope is that being an informed shopper will help ensure a festive holiday for you and yours. Unwrap our six tips here.

What is a Safe Stopping Distance?

Have you ever wondered how far behind the car in front of you should stop?  A good rule of thumb is one car length.  In visual terms when you stop behind another vehicle you should see both of their back tires on the pavement and a little bit of the pavement in front of those tires.

How many times have you heard that someone was rear-ended causing them to rear-end the car in front them?  Probably quite a few.  The reason for this is that most people stop approximately three to four feet behind the car in front of them.  If they get rear-ended that lack of space causes them to rear-end the car in front of them.

If you leave that one car length space between you and the car in front of you that space is approximately fourteen feet.  This eliminates the chance of you rear-ending the vehicle in front you.  The benefit is two-fold, because having this fourteen feet between you and the car in front of you also gives you the ability to go around the car in front of you should that vehicle suddenly have a problem.  This way you won’t be stuck in traffic.