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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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