Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weekly Tip - Think Pool Safety!


Summer is quickly approaching and one of the biggest attractions during this time of year is the swimming pool. Unfortunately, our pools are also one the leading contributors to accidents, injury and death in the home. Children love water and a pool is an inviting place, not only in the summer, but throughout the year for a young child. That is why there are rules and regulations that apply to all residential swimming pools. Fences, alarms, clearance, self-closing gates and latches, are just some of the requirements. Visit your local City website and view the municipal code requirements or call your local City Hall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a handout available on-line that gives excellent tips for pool safety. See the City of Arcadia website and other sources, such as the Red Cross, for additional tips and resources available on the web.

In addition to the physical requirements, remember to always be aware of your young childs where abouts when pools are near. Even if they know how to swim, keep an eye on them. Set rules for your children about not using the pool without adult supervision, keep toys and other inviting objects away from the pool when not in use, always have a phone available near the pool, keep pool gates locked and shut when not using them, do not place ladders or chairs against the outside of a pool fence. Learn basic safety techniques and take a CPR class. Be proactive and prevent accidents before they happen!

Summer time is also a time for outdoor gatherings and hosting a pool party. Never assume your child is being watched. Appoint someone to be the "pool monitor" at all times. Time is not on your side with a drowning victim. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Answering the phone, getting another drink, grabbing a snack, all allow time for a drowning. Be responsible and be always aware of what is happening in the pool! If a child is missing, the first place to look should be the pool. In the event of an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 10 - 16, 2015

http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/weekly_5.10.15.pdf

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Weekly Tip - Share the Road...May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month



This video is shared by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles and offers some excellent information on sharing the road with motorcycles and bicycles. The video is 5-6 minute in length and well worth watching. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wishing You a Very Happy Mother's Day!

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown



Wishing the best to all Moms on this Mother's Day 2015!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Weekly Tip - May is National Bike Month


Did You Know?

  • Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent.
  • Children with bicycle-related head injuries are more likely to require hospitalization and to have their injuries result in death.
  • More than one-fifth of all bicyclist deaths occur among school age youth ages 5 to 15.
  • More children go to hospital emergency departments for bicycle related crashes than for any other sport.
  • Of child bicyclists (16 years and under) killed on the road, 49 percent are killed while bicycling on minor roads (connecting roads and neighborhood streets) and almost 49 percent are killed while bicycling on major roads (high-volume roads across cities and towns).
  • Almost half of bicycle crashes occur in driveways or on sidewalks

For some great safety tips and additional information, please visit the Safe Kids USA website.  You can also find information on "bike to work" and "bike to school" programs on the CalTrans website.