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Pool Safety and Children – 5 Layers of Protection



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Pool Safety

In 1987, Life Saver coined the phrase “layers of protection” to describe the most effective way to prevent drownings. Almost 30 years later, everyone (including the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance) recommends layers of protection. http://www.poolfence.com/

Five key layers of protection are:

1. Parent supervision

Nothing beats parent supervision. Proactive parent supervision is your most important tool in drowning prevention. When using the pool, active supervision means sitting close to the pool with your full attention on the child/children — no reading, no texting, just watching the pool. At parties/events, we recommend designating a person as a Water Watcher (we offer lanyards and whistles to give to the person to denote them), and change shifts every 15 minutes. Most drownings occur, though, when the child was thought to be in the house, nowhere near the pool area. In 67% of fatal drowning cases, a parent was responsible for supervising the child. So, supervision can and does fail, and that’s why you need additional layers of protection.

2. High locks on all doors and windows.

 
 



Locks out of the reach of children should be installed, and used, on every door and window that leads to the pool area. Lots of drownings happen because a parent didn’t know that the child had figured out the door knob, so don’t rely on the door being shut. Also, close up and doggy/pet doors that access the pool. Lots of children who drown got to the pool via a doggy door.

3. Pool Safety Fence

Pool fencing is the only layer of protection that physically isolates the backyard from the pool. Fences should be at least 4′ tall and have a self-closing, self-latching gate. Mesh pool safety fence, like Life Saver Pool Fence, has proven to be an effective layer of protection for over 45 years. It’s very transparent, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to remove when entertaining only adults.

4. Alarms

Drowning is silent. Alarms break that silence. There are door/window alarms, alarms that sit in the pool, and our favorite, the Safety Turtle which is worn on the child.  If the child falls into the pool, an alarm inside that house goes off.

5. Swimming Lessons

All children should receive swimming lessons as early as their parents and pediatricians feel comfortable. Swimming lessons can begin earlier than one might think, some organizations training even infants to roll over and float, and to swim to the edge of the pool in the event that they fall in.

5.5 CPR

And if all of the other layers of protection fail, parents should be trained in CPR. Knowledge of CPR can make the difference between life, permanent disability, and death.

A Birthday Party to Remember




(Family Features) Invite over the family and friends and celebrate your child’s big day with a fun-filled summer birthday party that’s as unique as the guest of honor.

With bright and cheery weather as your inspiration, there’s no shortage of exciting party theme ideas you can use to impress guests and make your little one feel extra special. When their birthday occurs in a warm weather month, it’s even easier to plan a colorful soiree with a laid-back atmosphere inspired by summer. Here are some tips for fun and easy party planning.

Pick the perfect party theme

Sticking with a common theme throughout the party planning process is a great way to let your hosting skills shine through, while highlighting your child’s interests.

Start by making a list of your child’s favorite things. Does the birthday boy or girl have a special toy, book or hobby? Or, perhaps your child is inspired by an animal or movie character. Once you have a few ideas in mind, give your child a short list of options and let them ultimately choose the party theme.

Have a little one who loves cars? A child who finds wonder in the circus? Then, consider a hot rods or vintage circus themed party.

“A birthday party that truly represents your child’s passions will leave lasting memories,” said Valerie Gimre, owner, Charming Touch Parties of Geneva, Illinois. “Focus on a few key elements to spotlight the theme and let the creativity flow.”

Creating the invitations

A special party deserves a special invitation. It’s not only the way to let guests know about your big day; it also creates their first impression of the event. From the color of the paper to the font, it’s the fine details that count.

Skip the electronic invite and opt for the personal touch of sending homemade invitations with special details like an eye-catching stamp that coordinates with the party theme. If you want to save on paper, a postcard design is a fun way to announce your party.

Each year, the U.S. Postal Service issues limited-edition stamps that honor American passions and pastimes like the new Hot Rods Forever stamps or Vintage Circus Posters Forever stamps. These highly visual stamps cost the same as all Forever stamps, but are the perfect detail to introduce your guest to the party theme, showcasing fast, powerful vehicles that thrill car lovers of every age and colorful clowns and amazing acts such as acrobatic gymnasts that remind us of the wonder of the circus.

While designing the invitations, remember to keep the language as simple and concise as possible, while including all the specifics, such as the date, time, name of place and the address. Also, be sure to include details about the RSVP, including an email and phone number, as well as a deadline for their response.

Tie in with other party elements

Beyond invitations, a great birthday party also includes creative home decorations, and fun food and dessert ideas. For example, you can build on the circus theme by creating a concession stand table, complete with popcorn, animal crackers and other treats that kids love.

End your perfect party by sending off each child with a gift they can take home as a memento. Kids will love to receive a stationary kit, complete with paper, envelopes and pens adorned in the party’s color and theme. Be sure to place an eye-catching stamp on each envelope – from clowns and acrobats to classic cars. Visit www.usps.com/stamps or your local post office to see the broad array of limited-edition stamps available from the U.S. Postal Service.

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Simple Tips for a First Birthday Fit for Royalty



(Family Features) Celebrating your little one’s first birthday is a special opportunity to create cherished memories. For a fresh theme idea appropriate for boys and girls alike, take a note from contemporary pop culture and plan a “royal” first birthday party for your little prince or princess.

“Having an established theme simplifies planning and makes decisions for everything from food to decor much easier,” says Jenn Sbranti, entertaining expert and editor of the blog “Hostess With The Mostess.”

For example, a “royal” theme that’s tailored to a first birthday calls for lots of bright colors, simple shapes and age-appropriate toys. Use this to inspire regal decorations — such as “castle turrets” made from Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack® toys topped with golden sugar cones and felt flags.

Party Planning Made Easy

Sbranti offers the following advice for throwing the perfect first birthday party fit for a future king or queen:

Activities are king. Keeping the little ones happily entertained is the key to a good time. For toddlers, designate a large, kid-proof play area to serve as the “Royal Fortress.” Fill it with age appropriate Fisher-Price toys such as Baby’s First Blocks, Corn Popper® and Rock-a-Stack® toys. Craft projects are another great way to continue your royal first birthday theme.

Let’s eat (and smash) cake. Every party needs a cake, but a first birthday actually calls for two. You’ll need one cake to serve your guests, and a smaller one for your baby to taste — and smash. Make sure to designate an extra special (and safe) place for the royal highness to enjoy the smash cake. Add scalloped felt garland to the back of the high chair seat, and edge the tray with fringed tissue to create the “birthday throne.”

Toy-inspired decor. Garlands are an easy way to transform any room into a party. The colorful plastic balls typically found in a children’s ball pit can easily be pierced with a large sewing needle and strewn into colorful birthday garland that is both toy-inspired and age appropriate.

Food for little fingers. Think simple flavors garnished with fun. Use large crown shaped cookie cutters to make tot-sized “crown sandwiches.” Thread cubes of fruit onto bamboo skewers and top with a star-shaped piece of watermelon to create royal “fruit scepters.” You can also add fun by simply giving everyday foods creative names on display cards, such as “Your Majesty’s Mac-n-Cheese” or “Regal Raspberry Yogurt.”

For more inspired first birthday party ideas, visit www.fisher-price.com/myfirstbirthday.

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