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11 Best Practices to Protect Your Loved Ones from Swimming Pool Hazards

11 Best Practices to Protect Your Loved Ones from Swimming Pool Hazards

When warm weather rolls around, outdoor activities are plenty, and cooling off in the pool is high on the list. With this comes the important responsibility of ensuring everyone’s safety so that there is nothing but good times to be had. These are some simple ways to make sure that your friends and family are safe around your pool.

1. Install a Fence

There should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool area. This will prevent children from entering alone. The fence should be at least 4 feet high, self-closing and self-latching, and climb-resistant.

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2. Electrical Devices Should be Put Away

Electrical devices, including any outdoor entertainment equipment, should be away from not only the pool, but any wet surfaces. When using electrical devices outside, plug them into a GFCI to ensure that if anything does happen, they are protected.

3. A Strong Swimming Adult Should Supervise Children

When there are infants and toddlers in the pool, and adult should be in the water holding the child to ensure their safety. If there are older children in the pool, there should be an adult in the water paying attention to what the children are doing, and avoid being distracted by talking on the phone or drinking. Children should never be allowed to swim alone, regardless of their own swimming ability.

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4. Install an Alarm on the Door Leading to Outside

There should be an alarm on any doors that lead out to the pool, and alarms on any pool gates. This practice will ensure that if there are any children trying to gain access to the pool without any supervision that someone will be aware of the action and proceed appropriately. It will also let homeowners know if anyone unknown to them is trying to gain access to the pool or to the home via the pool area.

5. Enforce Pool Rules

This is the key to preventing accidents at the pool. These rules should include no diving at the shallow end, stay away from drains, and no running on the pool deck. These are the keys to making sure that you and your loved ones have a fun time at the pool with little risk for accidents.

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6. Cover the Pool When Not in Use

Covering a pool is no longer the hassle that it used to be. Many companies offer automatic pool covers that are motorized for ease of access. A covered pool looks less appealing to an unsupervised child, and may save them from injury if they do want to go into the pool.

7. Make Sure Drain Covers are Intact

Exposed drains are a hazard to all swimmers. A person could become stuck to a drain—if this is the case, take your hand and pry it between the person’s body and the drain to break the suction rather than trying to pull their body from it.

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8. Keep a Stocked First Aid Kit Nearby

There are bound to be bumps and bruises when playing outside, even scraped knees on a pool deck that needs resurfacing. Having these things on hand near the pool will allow faster attention to minor injuries at the pool.

9. Diving Should be Prohibited

In general, diving should not be allowed unless there is a specific area of the pool that is designated for diving safely. The areas that are restricted from diving should be marked, as well as the water depth in various levels.

10. Life-Saving Equipment Should be Accessible

Your life-saving equipment should include a reaching pole or rescue hook, life preservers, and a rope with lifesaving rings. These should be kept in the pool area, ensuring quick access in case of an emergency.

11. Store Chemicals Away from the Pool

Follow the storage instructions designated by the chemical makers, as well as the usage instructions that are recommended by the manufacturer. They should be stored out of sight and in a place that is not accessible to children that might want to play with them.

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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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