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  January 30, 2013 | SpaHub's Editors
 
 
Spa and Pool Safety Resources
While pools and spas can provide family fun year round, parents and caregivers must educate themselves in potential safety hazards for both themselves and the children in their care. It is also equally important that children of all ages are educated in pool safety, For this reason, several private, public and government organizations have made water safety a priority and provide the public with useful resources to keep both adults and children safe, while still enjoying the pool or relaxing in a spa. Adults, parents and caregivers are urged to review this information by themselves and with their children to ensure every possible safety measure is taken. There are over 3,000 fatal drowning incidents each year. Of this number, almost 300 children under the age of five die in public and private pools and spas, while emergency rooms admit thousands of children every year from submersion injuries that can result in permanent disabilities

Hot Tub Safety


Most people find comfort in unwinding after a stressful day in a hot tub or jacuzzi. Whether in their home, party, hotel, spa or gym, a sense of rejuvenation is common amongst hot tub enthusiasts. However, there are certain precautions to follow in order to ensure that your experience is as safe as it is rewarding. From checking water balance, to making sure the hot water doesn't have adverse effects on your body, safety is an important measure to carry out before your next plunge.

Drowning Prevention


Whether you're swimming in a pool or a natural body of water, the risk of drowning is still quite possible. It can still be an enjoyable, healthy activity, but it's important to note that it's one of the top 5 leading causes of death in the world and it happens still to strong swimmers. Understand what preventative measures can be taken to keep danger at bay when enjoying a swim at your local pool.

Children's Guide


As much as children and their guardians have fun in aquatic activities, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that children are more susceptible to injuries, drowning and death. As much as swimming lessons and flotation devices ease the burden and promote safety, there are other precautionary measures to be taken to make sure your loved ones are able to have fun but be safe at the same time.
  • Spa Safety for Kids A website provided by the American Association for Pool and Spa Professionals and the US government directed towards children.
  • Safety Checklist for Kids Provides a safety checklist for kids to memorize as well as a checklist for adults.
  • Swimming Safety An article directed towards children explaining why water safety is important.
  • Coloring Activities Provides printable coloring activities for children to help teach pool safety.
  • Coloring Book Provides a free printable coloring book to teach children about pool safety.
  • Safe Swimming Tips for Children Provides swimming safety tips for parents and caregivers.
  • Water Safety Prevention Learn how to protect your child when they are playing around the pool or beach.

Preventing Water Borne Illness


Although several measures are taken to make sure pools are sanitized, the spread of germs and diseases is still possible. It's difficult to know about other people's hygienic habits or health standing, but making sure the pool is clean, testing ph, alkalinity, etc. can be of great assistance in promoting good hygiene and more importantly, good health.

Natural Bodies Of Water


Because of nature's unpredictability, swimming in natural bodies of water like creeks, lakes, rivers, oceans and beaches, has more inherent danger than in regulated environments. From overexposure to uv rays, to strong currents, it is imperative to be safe and prepared in natural water.

Tanning


Sunbathing is considered by many the definitive way to relax. Tan, olive skin is also regarded as a thing of beauty in American society to the extent of using unnatural methods like booths and spray to achieve a bronzed look. In both methods, there are some risks, particularly Melanoma, which is skin cancer and is one of the leading cancers in America. Prevent overtanning by investing in quality sunscreen and not overdoing a good thing.

SCUBA


Scuba is an activity that is actually an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Many people enjoy this activity when visiting tropical areas and are required to have certain certifications before they dive. Even though it's regarded as an adventure sport, it is relatively safe, as long as the diver has proper training, does not veer away from safety guidelines, uses quality gear and does not exceed one's own experience level.

General Pool Safety Tips


With drowning, heatstroke and other issues on the rise, it's quite hard to leave your worries at the door whilst enjoying a leisurely swim. When factors such as alcohol and drug use while swimming come into play, these dangers increase exponentially. Whether you're at home, water park, pool party or at your local pool, it's important to veer on the side of caution.