TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - As the sun beats down, temperatures soar
and the school year ends, refreshing dips in the pool are on the way.
On cool summer evenings, the light hum of a hot tub or whirlpool can
also be equally inviting.
But sadly, each year many water related accidents are reported in North
America. Preliminary figures show that 404 Canadians died in
water-related incidents1 last year. And, in 2007, there were 3,443 fatal drownings (non-boating
related) in the U.S.2
In light of the hazards and accidents associated with water activities,
CSA wants to help make sure you and your family keep the following
safety tips afloat in your mind.
Sound the Alarm: A pool alarm sounds when it detects an object breaking the surface of
the pool water. These should be used in combination with self-closing,
self-latching gates for maximum safety.
Lock it Up: Barriers, like four-sided pool fences, should be used to help prevent
young children from gaining access to the pool area without a caregiver
or designated supervisor knowing.
Cover the Basics: Ensure your pool, hot tub and whirlpool have anti-entrapment drain
covers and a safety vacuum release system to automatically release
suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur. Covers should
be certified by an accredited testing and certification organization.
Tie it back: Long hair and loose clothing are easy catches for powerful drains and
pumps. Poorly-designed, non-functioning, defective or broken drain
covers must be replaced. The vacuum force from pool, hot tub and
whirlpool drains are powerful enough to hold swimmers under water
causing drownings, or can lead to significant injuries.
Keep Off: Similar to long hair and loose clothing, body parts such as fingers
and toes near or over drain covers are easy targets. The suction from
drains can render even the most adept swimmers helpless. Submersion in
water for even just a minute can cause serious damage.
Keep Afloat: Not everyone can or knows how to swim. When someone cannot swim safely
on their own, make sure that the appropriate life jacket, water wings
and other safety flotation device is worn.
Soft Steps: Soft pool covers can increase the risk of drowning if a child steps
onto the cover, slips underneath it and becomes trapped. Children can
also drown in water that has collected on top of pool covers.
Hard Tops: If you use a pool or spa cover, follow all instructions for their safe
installation, use and maintenance. Always remove a cover completely
before using the pool, and do not let standing water remain on top;
pump it off.
Drain Unused Water from in and Around Playspaces: The CSA Standard for Children's Playspaces and Equipment outlines the
need for equipment to drain effectively so that water is not trapped or
collected - forming a pool. Standing water creates a drowning hazard
and can become a breeding ground for bacteria creating an additional
public health related concern. Any broken or damaged splash pad
equipment requires immediate attention to avoid an injury or drowning
Certification Check: Ensure that all electrical pool parts (lights, pumps, heaters, etc.)
are properly certified by an organization like CSA. Hot tubs and
whirlpools should also be certified.
For more everyday consumer tips and safety advice, please visit www.csasafetytips.com
About CSA International
CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of
other products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world,
CSA International certification marks appear on billions of products
worldwide. CSA International is a division of CSA Group, which also
includes CSA Standards, a leading solutions based standards
organization, providing standards development, application products,
training and advisory services; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer
product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and
manufacturers. For more information, visit www.csa-international.org
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