; Life is like champagne......: Summer Pool and Play Set Safety Tips from UL

Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Pool and Play Set Safety Tips from UL


This Summer is going to be a big one for my daughter. She has moved into the age where she is focused on two things....water and playsets. We also have made the move and purchase a playset, knowing it will get a lot of use from friends, family and of course her! As for the water, I have had her in swim class since she was 6 months old and we live right near the Connecticut River, family living on the river. We also signed up for her first swim class without me in the pool with her! The importance of safety for both the water and the playset is vital to have a wonderful Summer. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading product safety testing organization, provides useful tips to help keep you and your children safe around play sets and the pool.
Here are the tips UL has to offer to make your Summer safe and memorable for pools and playsets:
BEFORE INSTALLING A BACKYARD PLAY SET
· Make sure your backyard is large enough for playground equipment. The site must also provide good visibility and security. Before setting up equipment, look out for obstacles, such as the garage, tree branches, utility poles and wires.
· Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions when setting up play set equipment. Be sure your child's weight and age fall within the manufacturer's recommended limits for the equipment.
· Install protective surfacing, such as rubber tiles or mulch under the play set, at least six feed in all directions, to prevent serious injuries should a child fall.

BEFORE HEADING OUT TO PLAY
· Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.
· Check for spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs. These spaces should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
· Always supervise children on play set equipment to make sure they are playing safely.
· Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, pet leashes or cords of any kind to play set equipment. If used improperly, they can be potential strangulation hazards.
· Watch for potential trip hazards, such as rocks, tree stumps and concrete footings. Make sure you’re children are aware of them as well.
· Do a sandbox check. Before letting your child dig in, rake through the sand to check for debris or sharp objects. Also, inspect for any animal contamination or insect problems.
Disney and UL have created a Pool Safety Video with Timon and Puumba from the Lion King to teach kids pool safety not only for Summer but for all year long. A great idea since pool season varies in all different climates and like my daughter who has swim classes all year long.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Underwriters Laboratories. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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