SANTA CLARITA RESOURCES
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "...new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction."
A.S.A.P. is all about getting kids and parents involved in water safety. We recommend the Safer 3 created by the Swim for Life Foundation. These include: Safer Water, Safer Kids, Safer Response. Each precaution is a layer of protection.
List of pool fence companies in the SCV:
Child Proofing Companies:
- S.C.Contractors (Americas Most Wanted "Handyman"): (661) 857-2114
- Wonder Years Baby Proofing
Lists of Swim Schools in the SCV
These schools require instructors to be instructor certified, as well as Lifeguard, First-Aid, and C.P.R. certified. Also each school requires background checks on employees 18 years of age or older.
American RED CROSS
Phone - (661) 259-1805
Code Blue - 644-3422
Henry Mayo Memorial Medical Hospital - 253-8888
Henry Mayo Infant/Child CPR - 253-8607
The first step in making water safer is restricting access to water. Supervise children in bathtubs at all times. Install child proof locks on toilets. Erect isolation barriers around pools and spas. As of January 1, 2007 all privately owned, single-family residences with a pool, must have one of seven required safety features as stated in the, California Health and Safety code section 115920-115929. (a) Commencing January 1, 2007, except as provided inSection 115925, whenever a building permit is issued for construction of a new swimming pool or spa, or any building permit is issued for remodeling of an existing pool or spa, at a private, single-family home, it shall be equipped with at least one of the following seven drowning prevention safety features:
- The pool shall be isolated from access to a home by an enclosure that meets the requirements of Section 115923.
- The pool shall incorporate removable mesh pool fencing that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Specifications F 2286 standards in conjunction with a gate that is self-closing and self-latching and can accommodate a key lockable device.
- The pool shall be equipped with an approved safety pool cover that meets all requirements of the ASTM Specifications F 1346 .
- The residence shall be equipped with exit alarms on those doors providing direct access to the pool.
- All doors providing direct access from the home to the swimming pool shall be equipped with a self-closing, self-latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor.
- Swimming pool alarms that, when placed in pools, will sound upon detection of accidental or unauthorized entrance into the water. These pool alarms shall meet and be independently certified to the ASTM Standard F 2208 "Standards Specification for Pool Alarms" which includes surface motion, pressure, sonar, laser, and infrared type alarms. For purposes of this article, "swimming pool alarms" shall not include swimming protection alarm devices designed for individual use, such as an alarm attached to a child that sounds when the child exceeds a certain distance or becomes submerged in water.
- Other means of protection, if the degree of protection afforded is equal to or greater than that afforded by any of the devices set forth above, and have been independently verified by an approved testing laboratory as meeting standards for those devices established by the ASTM or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). (b) Prior to the issuance of any final approval for the completion of permitted construction or remodeling work, the local building code official shall inspect the drowning safety prevention devices required by this act and if no violations are found, shall give final approval.
Children are crafty, and often find ways to separate themselves from their parents. Because of this, it is necessary to enroll your children in swimming classes at a young age. Infants can become adept swimmers before their first birthday. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website, they have changed their previous admonitions and now encourage swimming lessons. With recent studies, we are finding that swimming skills in babies, toddlers and children DO help to prevent drowning. Pediatricians now agree, swimming lessons are a critical part of downing prevention. However it is not the only part, and in conjunction, parents should always be vigilantly watching any child playing in or near a body of water. Always assign a few parents who will watch the kids at a party. Never leave a child unattended in any form of water, even bathtubs. Finally, educating little ones on the dangers inherent with the water is crucial. Safer kids is about teaching children methods such as the buddy system, "reach and throw, donít go," and other life saving tips such as knowing local emergency service numbers. With the combined force of safer water, children who know how to swim, are educated on water dangers and vigilant parent supervisors who know C.P.R., the risk of drowning is reduced significantly.
You donít have to wait for an ambulance to arrive to help save the life of a child. Get enrolled in local C.P.R. and first aid classes, make sure a phone is somewhere close to the pool in case of an emergency, and always supervise children and adults around the pool.
"To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protection," said Jeffrey Weiss, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and technical report, which was published in a print issue of Pediatrics. This idea completely coincides with the goals of the Safer 3 program and A.S.A.P.