Think about the end of vacuum cleaner tube. We’ve put our hand up to one and felt our palm get sucked against it.
Flat drain covers can be completely blocked by a body part. The suction can be equivalent to hundreds of pounds of force.
They also create a strong circulation of water that can attract hair and cause entanglement.
The safer drains on the market are designed so they can’t be fully blocked.
Ask pool and spa owners if they are using anti-entrapment drain covers. If they are not or don’t know ... find another pool.
Tell children to stay away from drains or other outlets. And keep telling them.
The ZAC Foundation recommends that private pools follow the public pool requirements set forth in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act to prevent drain entrapment, which requires at least two layers of protection such as:
If you have a backyard pool, The ZAC Foundation recommends taking some easy steps to ensure it is safe for everyone. Safe home pools should include:
Talk to your pool maintenance company or builder about all the ways you can make your pool safer and click here to learn more about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.
Give your baby a sponge bath until their umbilical cord has fallen off. After that, they will be ready for a baby bathtub.
Fill the tub with a couple inches of lukewarm water and never leave your baby unattended. We recommend turning off your phone to be fully present.
Set everything you need within reach - soap, washcloth, towel, diaper, change of clothes - before you start so that you can have a hand on your baby at all times.
Drowning accidents are preventable. When is ice safe? All of these factors play a part: