Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Before your child takes a dip in a backyard or public pool, take precautions to prevent drownings or any water injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has relaunched the second year of their “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives” campaign, a national safety education effort that helps kids stay safe in swimming pools and spas.
According to CPSC.gov, drownings are the highest reasons for child deaths between ages 1-4, and more incidents related to drownings and near-drownings have been increasing through the years. In the first five months of 2011, the media has already reported 55 drownings and 63 near-drowning incidents.
The CPSC also advises that parents always be alert and practice water safety skills, that kids wear bright-colored clothes, and that appropriate equipment be used for pools and spas (e.g. sensors, floaters, and drain covers). Parents can also get the latest information about recalled pool and spa drain covers through the Toy and Product Recall Finder on our site.
Visit PoolSafely.gov to read pool and spa safety tips, share stories, and get other water safety resources.
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Children in Long-Term Foster Care Suffer High Rates of Behavioral, Emotional Problems
Children who live in long-term foster care experience higher rates of behavioral and emotional problems compared with their peers who are reunited with their families or adopted, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. (News Wise)
Four parents of autistic children sue Philadelphia School District
Four parents have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of their autistic children, alleging that the Philadelphia School District is illegally moving the children from school to school based solely on their disability. (Philly.com)
Few Parents Enforce Shower-Before-Pool Rules that Prevent Illness from Water Parks
Many parents do not understand risk of water infections from pools and water parks or recognize the role showering plays in preventing infections. (Bing News)
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Friday, May 27th, 2011
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled pool and in-ground spa drain covers by eight manufacturers today.
The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, causing a possible entrapment hazard for swimmers and bathers. The manufacturers involved are A&A, AquaStar, Color Match, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool & Spa, Rising Dragon, and Waterway.
Consumers affected by the recall should contact the manufacturer for a replacement or a retrofit, especially if the covers were installed in kiddie pools, wading pools, and in-ground spas. If you have a pool with multiple drain or gravity drainage systems or with covers that were installed before December 19, 2008, you may not be affected by the recall.
To find out if your drain cover has been recalled, contact the toll-free Drain Cover Recall Hotline at 866-478-3521 any time, see the photos at CPSC.gov, or visit the Drain Cover Recall website.
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