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National Water Safety Month: May 2014


It’s already May, and with summer just around the bend, it’s time to celebrate National Water Safety Month!  Many life-saving tips can be found here:

The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals and its partners, the American Red Cross, the World Waterpark Association, and the National Recreation & Park Association will be supporting the event with educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials to the public and participating organizations.

National organizations like the USA Swimming Foundation, the International Code Council, the National Swimming Pool Foundation, and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance will be getting involved with water safety programs and activities during the event, and community organizations such as guppy swim training groups and community outreach are strongly urged to participate as well.

For further information regarding the campaign and its events and activities, visit, and remember to swim safe!

By |2017-01-16T19:35:42+00:00May 6th, 2014|Swimming Pool Safety|0 Comments

Swimming Pool Safety Tips for National Water Safety Month


Child Safety Fencing

Water safety is always important, whether you’re dealing with children or adults. A little bit of knowledge and a fair bit of precaution can prevent poolside accidents and potentially save lives. To help celebrate National Water Safety Month, here are a few tips from some pool safety advocates:

Tips from the International Swimming Hall of Fame

  • Post CPR instructions in a conspicuous location in the pool area, and learn the procedures.
  • Make sure to inform babysitters about water safety, emphasizing the importance of constant supervision.
  • During social gatherings at/near pools, appoint a designated watcher to keep an eye on children present.
  • Flotation devices do not serve as a replacement for supervision.
  • Do not leave toys or other objects near the pool that might draw a child’s attention.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first; drowning is a silent death, and there may be no warning signs.
  • In the event of a potential drowning, do not wait for paramedics. Four to six minutes of oxygen deprivation can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  • Install a poolside phone with emergency numbers on speed-dial.
  • Do not prop gates leading to pool areas open unless the pool is being supervised.
  • Do not leave furniture near pool fencing, as children may use it to climb over.
  • Keep a first aid kit and rescue equipment poolside.

Also, some helpful hints from the Pool Safety “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program

1. Stay close and be alert when watching chidren in and around the pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool/spa area, whether they are in or near the water.
  • Give children basic water safety tips so they can prevent incidents themselves.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings that may cause entrapment.

2. Learn and practice water safety skills actively

  • Learn how to swim and teach your children how to swim, even if only a few basic yet practical skills.
  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. Update that knowledge regularly.
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in the event of a pool emergency.

3. Maintain appropriate pool/spa equipment

  • Install four foot or taller self-closing and self-latching gates around your pool or spa, and ask your neighbors to do the same.
  • Install a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house is the fourth side of a fence around your pool, install door/gate alarms and always use them. Additionally, install window guards on pool-facing windows.
  • Make sure your pool or spa has compliant drain covers.
  • Consider making use of a surface wave or underwater alarm.

For more information, or to talk with a pool professional about your remodeling plan, contact Lifetime Pools today!

By |2017-01-16T19:35:43+00:00May 29th, 2013|Swimming Pool Safety|0 Comments

ADA Swimming Pool Lift Regulations Relaxed

Last Thursday, the Department of Justice declared a major alteration in disability regulations for public swimming pools and spas. According to the recently changed rules, portable lifts are now allowed, and the call for compliance with these rules has been considerably relaxed.

For swim clubs, hotels, and other commercial public facilities, a fixed-lift policy was being enacted, with the exception that portable lifts purchased prior to March 15th would be considered compliant. According to the new policies stated by the Department of Justice, the fixed-lift policy will not be enforced. That said, lifts purchased after March 15th must be fixed “if it is readily achievable to do so.”

In this case “readily achievable” means “without an excess in difficulty or expenditure.” As stated by the DOJ, “This is a flexible, case-by-case analysis, with the goal of ensuring that ADA requirements are not unduly burdensome, including to small businesses.”

In the case of municipal pools, not every pool needs to be accessible, unless there is only one pool, in which case it must be made accessible.

The new regulations were issued May 24th, following an extension of the deadline for compliance. The new closing date is January 31st, 2013.

(Source: Pool and Spa News)

By |2017-01-16T19:35:43+00:00June 4th, 2012|Swimming Pool Safety|0 Comments

Best Practices for National Water Safety Month (May 2012)

The following Best Practices for National Water Safety Month are brought to you by The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).

  • Classroom Lesson: Offer to talk to your child’s class about swimming safety. Not sure what to say? Visit, click on “Event Ideas” and then “Visiting A Classroom.” You’ll find everything you need. And be sure to order some “I’m A Safe Swimmer” wristbands for each student, available at Don’t have a child in school? Just call a local school and offer your services. They love having guest speakers!
  • Local Sign Board: Identify signage around your community. Would a school, sports facility or other organization partner with you during May on a National Water Safety Month message? Put a National Water Safety Month message on the signs and ask to display one of the 30-second Olympic Gold Medal swimmer messages on the screen. Members in southern California did this successfully. (You can get a free download of the safety messages at
  • Library Display: Work with your local library to put National Water Safety Materials in one of their display cases. Display some of the APSP safety brochures and be sure to include a sign with your company name and address letting folks know they can come in and pick up their own copy of the brochures. You can also create a display for your local town hall.
  • Safety Fair: Have a safety fair. It’s easy. You can get step-by-step instructions for implementing a water safety fair at
By |2012-03-30T18:05:25+00:00March 30th, 2012|Swimming Pool Safety|0 Comments