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Friday, June 19, 2009

Everybody in the pool

Summer is upon us and many of us are spending more time outdoors with friends or family — barbecuing, swimming and generally enjoying the mild weather. Though this may be the last thing on your mind, it’s a fact that a swimming pool presents risks, not only to your own family and friends, but also to uninvited guests, particularly children.

It takes only a few minutes and less than two inches of water for a small child to drown, and it may all happen silently — in the time it takes to answer the telephone.1

Pool safety
If you own a pool, make it your priority to establish and enforce pool safety rules, which may help prevent accidents and reduce your liability exposure. Here are some safety rules to consider:

Install a pool alarm that sounds a warning if a child falls into the water. If you don’t have an alarm, install a fence around your pool area to prevent people from using the pool without your knowledge
Never leave small children unsupervised in or around the pool — not even for one minute
Make sure appropriate drain covers are in place to protect children from suction that may prevent them from reaching the surface
Be sure all pool users know how to swim
Don’t swim alone or allow others to do so
Don’t allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to get in the pool
Don’t swim if you are tired
Use plastic instead of glass dishes and receptacles
Keep radios, CD and DVD players, blow dryers and other electrical devices away from the pool
Cover your pool securely during the off-season

No matter how careful we are, accidents still can happen — so prepare for the unexpected. Call me and together we can make sure you are adequately covered so you and your family can enjoy your summer.

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