I moms , seeing how it is now warming up I just want to remind you all to be extra vigilant around pools. All pools should have pool fencing with a secure shutting gate and NO chairs or pot plants on the out side of the fence that little ones can climb onto and manage to huddle the fence. The gate should be well maintained and always in working order.
Now I wish to share a true story with you all.
My friend was swimming in her pool when her partner very calmly yelled out to her to swim fast to the side and get out quick. They live next to a bushy reserve and always check the pool before swimming. And this particular day was no different. Luckily her partner was close to the pool on this particular instant. It appears that a brown snake was in the filter/skimmer box and when she had dived in the water and started to swim it decided to come out. It actually started to follow/chase her. She did manage to get out of the pool without coming to grief. But it just comes as a warning to make sure you are on your guard always in and around the family pool. Snakes do have a tendency to visit pools on occasions on hot spring days or in summer as they are seeking a drink. Also may I point out that you should also walk around your pool (out of the water) looking at the bottom of the pool (this should be done before the filter is turned on, as when the filter is running it has a tendency to make waves and it is a little harder to see the bottom of the pool) you should be looking for spiders. Funnel webs can fall into a pool and drop to the bottom and appear dead even when they are not. They can actually survive for quite a while on the bottom of a pool. I am not trying to be an alarmist but just reminding all to be prepared, as it is better to be safe than sorry. Take care and supervise and enjoy your water fun.
KIDS ALIVE DO THE FIVE
Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia. Each week, on average, one child drowns. Lets put an end to childhood drowning for good.
In 1988 to combat drowning, Laurie Lawrence created the Kids Alive – Do the Five water safety program. The Kids Alive community service program educates the public on five important steps to reduce the risk of preschool drowning.
KIDS ALIVE – DO THE FIVE!
Fence the pool
Shut the gate
Teach your kids to swim – it’s great
Supervise – watch your mate and
Learn how to resuscitate
Posted by cherz, 19th October 2014