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    Post Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

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    Make pool safety a priority
    Orlando Sentinel, FL - Mar 11, 2007
    As a result, drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury and death for kids younger than 5, especially in warm-weather states such as Florida, ...


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    Default Re: Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

    Brian,

    Great articles on pool safety. I am going to foward them all to a realtor who just blasted me because I told my buyer that the older pool at the home she was buying was not up to current child pool safety standards. This buyer had no clue as to pool safety. The realtor accused me of scaring her as I explainded how the fences and gates should be installed around the pool.


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    Wink Re: Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

    Stop scaring Realtors. Your job is to inspect not scare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchell Captain View Post
    Stop scaring Realtors. Your job is to inspect not scare.

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    "Inspect", but, "don't put it on the report"... How's this one for safety? I think I spent about 2 hours just writing up the pool safety issues on this one.

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    K.,

    I think I spent about 2 hours just writing up the pool section on this one.
    2 hours???

    It should have taken you 2 seconds to recommend a bulldozer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Moreira View Post
    It should have taken you 2 seconds to recommend a bulldozer
    Here's what makes that so funny, when we walked up to it, he (the client), said "what do you think of the above ground pool?" My reply (which got great looks from his realtor), "Two words, Bull Dozer".


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    At least we think alike


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    Default Re: Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

    At get-togethers at Dawson's house, someone is always the "pool CEO," he says. CEO stands for "constant eyes on," he explains. One of the parents is given a kitchen egg-timer set for 15 minutes and instructed to keep his or her eyes on the pool at all times. After 15 minutes, the duty rotates to another parent.
    This is about the only thing I agree with in the article. The most important thing is supervision. All of the other measures can be disabled or by-passed. Some are actually by-passed by the parents.


    Ross and other pool-safety experts, including Geoff Dawson, president of The Pool Safety Resource in Longwood, advocate what they call "layers of safety," including barriers, latches and alarms. In other words, you can't depend on just one thing to keep kids safe.
    While you at it, tie a rope around your kid and tie the other end to a nearby pole. Maybe an electrified fence as well.

    It irritates me when others rely solely on these safety measures to do the job the parents are supposed to do.

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    Default Re: Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Van De Ven View Post
    While you at it, tie a rope around your kid and tie the other end to a nearby pole. Maybe an electrified fence as well.
    Yeah, and when the kid falls in and starts thrashing around, throw in some laundry detergent and a load of clothes too ...

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    Default Re: Make pool safety a priority - Orlando Sentinel

    Ahh, multi-tasking!

    On a more serious note, some statistics regarding drowning in pools versus the ocean:

    Broward County - Swim Central Statistics

    And some more interesting stats:
    Those most likely to die are children under five — about 500 a year.

    "These are the accidental drownings that really get to you," says Cobb, "because they are overwhelmingly not big waves that kill small children, but usually safety lapses in or around swimming pools or baths."

    The second-highest at-risk group are teens ages 15-19. Over 90% of the estimated 380 accidental drownings in this age group are males, who often ignore safe water practices by diving into shallow water, swimming out too far in a lake or ocean, or who swim without a friend nearby.

    Source: USATODAY.com - Surfing model makes waves for water safety

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