May 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 5.2
Aquatic Alert: Click HERE to view our 2019 Summer Aquatic Safety Reminder!
New Resource: Considerations for Single Lifeguard Staffing. Many aquatic facilities provide the supervision of pool and aquatic features through the use of single lifeguard staffing. However, current trends in the aquatic industry suggest that single-guard coverage is becoming a thing of the past. Several states have implemented a requirement for staffing pools and aquatic facilities with multiple lifeguards. Some nationally recognized lifeguard training agencies either implicitly recommend or emphasize a team approach to care. The YMCA of the USA Aquatic Safety Guidelines encourages facilities to make it a priority to have multiple lifeguards on duty whenever pools are available for use. The American Red Cross implies the need for multiple lifeguards by teaching that certain emergency response strategies require more than one rescuer. Unfortunately, staffing with multiple lifeguards may not always be immediately financially feasible. However, there are considerations and practical strategies that can be used to improve lifeguard coverage as well as reduce risk as facilities plan for multiple lifeguard staffing. Click HERE to view our newest resource Considerations for Single Lifeguard Staffing. Your Safe-Wise consultant is also available to discuss specific strategies and tactics for your organization. Safe-Wise Consulting can provide guidance to your organization in order to reduce the risks associated with aquatic operations and single lifeguard coverage.
Parental Supervision at Aquatic Venues is the title of a February 2019 Counsilman-Hunsaker hydro+logic article by George Deines. Deines explains that a main theme that runs throughout the majority of serious aquatic incidents that involve children is the lack of parental supervision at the time of the incident. And, though it seems like something rather simple, getting parents to properly supervise their children proves to be one of the most difficult tasks that waterpark operators face. Whether parents feel like their children are strong enough swimmers and don’t need their help, or they relax because the park has lifeguards on duty, the operator’s challenge is to promote the message that parents are the first line of defense when it comes to their own children’s safety. Click HERE to read the full article which outlines several ways that facilities can add layers of protection to educate and encourage parents to take ownership of their children’s safety while they are in your park or aquatic facility.
Camp Health Forms & Immunizations. In light of recent nationwide measles cases and outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults, including camp & childcare center staff, as well as children be protected against measles and get vaccinated, if needed, according to their age and health status. Camps & child care centers should follow their state and local regulations. Click HERE to view educational resources for parents and childcare providers. Click HERE to view measles information for childcare centers. Click HERE to view Measles – Information for Camps from the American Camping Association (ACA).
Tick Season Is Here. According to a 2018 press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the US during this time. Tick-borne pathogens can be passed to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the US include: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness and Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector borne illness in the US per the CDC. Ticks usually must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before an illness such as Lyme disease can be transmitted. Youth serving organizations should consider including tick information in their summer program parent information and remind parents after youth have been in areas prone to ticks such as wooded areas and grassy fields. Some camps post signage encouraging use of repellant and frequent tick checks. Youth, parents and staff should be reminded to watch for ticks and seek assistance when removal is needed. Click HERE to learn how to reduce tick exposure. Check with your local health officials for more information and any specific regulations pertaining to summer camp and other outdoor programs.
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May is National Water Safety Month. In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May is National Water Safety Month. Spread the word! Host an event! Share Water Safety Tips! With the busy summer swim season soon upon us, it’s also time for all aquatic leaders to be alert and prepared by orienting and regularly training seasonal lifeguard staff. Prepare for the summer cautiously and ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant with effective practices and procedures. Leaders must recognize that many youths who visit their pools may not have adequate swimming skills and should work to eliminate the risk of drowning for these children by swim-testing all swimmers, requiring specific protections for non-swimmers and offering swim instruction when possible. Keep an eye on your inbox for our 2019 Summer Aquatics Safety Reminder to be released the week of May 6th. This annual summer aquatics preparation resource will help assist you in preparing for a safe and enjoyable summer.
Recall Alert: Kids II Rocking Sleepers. On April 26, 2019 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Kids II recall all models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers due to reports of deaths. Since the 2012 product introduction, five infant fatalities have occurred in the Kids II Rocking Sleepers, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Kids II for a refund or voucher. Consumers should call Kids II toll-free at 1-866-869-7954 or click HERE for more information.
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