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Summertime! Americans love summer for the joys the season brings—cookouts, swimming, hikes, vacations and freedom from school. Summer holds hazards, however. These simple tips can help you prevent summertime accidents and injuries.
If you own a pool, your coastal home may be the center of activity in your neighborhood. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 400 children under the age of 15 die each year in pools and spas. Three quarters of those deaths are children under five. One of the most important factors in pool safety is constant supervision. Even with adults in the backyard, safety is not a given. A child can drown in less than 30 seconds.
To protect yourself, start with fencing. Ensure you have a childproof fence with adequate safety latches. Despite warning children about pool danger, water fascinates kids. It takes only a moment for them to slip away from the best-intentioned adults.
Alcohol and water do not mix. Suggest guests who drink alcoholic beverages refrain from swimming or appoint a “designated swimmer” as that guest’s personal spotter.
According to the 2010 US Census, at some time up to one-third of all school age children come home to an empty house.1 In the summer with kids out of school for several months, the number of kids without supervision increases. Studies also show that children from more affluent homes are more likely to stay home unattended because neighborhoods are safer. However, problems can arise when kids are unsupervised.
Here are a few tips for Southeastern home owners.2
When the weather heats up, so does the backyard grill. Grilling, like everything else, brings risks. Over half of the almost 5,700 grill fires annually that occur in residences happen from May to August.3 Here are a few grilling tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.