Pool Safely

Commonwealth Swim Club is dedicated to making our pool both the most fun and the most safe. From our professional pool operator, certified lifeguards, mandatory swim tests, to regular water testing, Commonwealth means safety.  The tips below are from several professional or government safety websites including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, WebMD, and the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration. 

Babysitting

posted Apr 11, 2012, 8:16 PM by Chad Tompkins

Heat Exhaustion

posted Apr 11, 2012, 8:10 PM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 8:11 PM ]

Heat Exhaustion

WebMD has a few things to watch out for to make sure you, your parents, or your kids aren't getting too much heat.    Check out their page at this link

If you think you've got a little too much heat on your hands, the treatment is generally common sense:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing
  3. Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  4. Apply other active cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
  5. If that doesn't make quick changes, call your doctor.  Our lifeguard can help. 

Drive Safely

posted Apr 11, 2012, 7:52 PM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 7:53 PM ]

Drive Safely

The safety of our kids is paramount to everyone at Commonwealth Swim Club and the Kings Park West Civic Association.  Here are some tips to make getting your child to and from the pool safe and worry free. 

You place your children's safety at the top of your priority list. You shopped for the safest car when you started a family. You read up on car seats for kids and figured out which one worked best for you and your family. You even took your car and car seat to a car seat inspection station to have an expert inspect your installation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified six areas with your car in which you should take special care.  Click on this link to find more. 

Bike Safely

posted Apr 11, 2012, 7:45 PM by Chad Tompkins

Bike Safely

The safety of our kids is paramount to everyone at Commonwealth Swim Club and the Kings Park West Civic Association.  Here are some tips to make getting your child to and from the pool safe and worry free.

  1. Wear a helmet
  2. Make sure your bike is adjusted properly.  This includes the seat height, brakes, and reflectors.  Also make sure all bolts are tight and the chain is greased. 
  3. Check the brakes. 
  4. Don't ride at night and make sure reflectors are installed and are working.

For more information, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's bicycle safety page


Pool Deck Safety

posted Apr 11, 2012, 9:58 AM by Chad Tompkins

Pool Deck Safety

Here are some helpful guidelines to stay safe on the pool deck (concrete around the pool). 
  1. No running
  2. No glass on the pool deck
  3. Only dive where the pool is five feet or deeper
  4. No horseplay
  5. Wear an appropriate swimsuit
  6. Rinse off before entering the pool
  7. Keep the gate to the kiddie pool latched
  8. Don't play with the water hose
  9. Eat ice cream and other food in the grassy area

Lifeguards

posted Apr 11, 2012, 5:32 AM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 9:06 AM ]

Lifeguards

Commonwealth Swim Club loves our lifeguards because of what they do to make CSC a clean, fun, safe place to hang out.  Look for an email in July or August if you want to help with Lifeguard Appreciation Week. 
 
In the meanwhile, here's how you can help them accomplish this important mission. 
  1. Get to know your lifeguards.  Learn their names, introduce yourself and your children to them. The best time to talk to the lifeguard is when they are in the pool house not when they are in the guard chair. 
  2. Lifeguards are trained in first aid and resuscitation.  There is a first aid kid and phone in the guard house. 
  3. Lifeguards warn swimmers that are getting into trouble so they won’t have to rescue them. Always listen to the lifeguards. 
  4. Never get into the pool if the lifeguard is not on duty.
  5. There is no lifeguard on duty in the kiddie pool area - stay with your child if they are in this area.  Kids over six should not be in the kiddie pool. 
  6. For their own safety, teach your children to be respectful towards the lifeguards. 
  7. If you have any concerns or questions about something a lifeguard is doing, talk to the pool manager or a board member.   

Take the Swim Test

posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:30 PM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 4:37 AM ]

Take the Swim Test

Commonwealth Swim Club requires your child to pass a swim test to enter the diving well or use the dive board.  As a parent, you should require it also. 
 
The test requires your child to swim the length of the pool without touching the bottom and tread water for a minute. 
 
Once you know your child can accomplish this, you'll be much more confident when you need to take your eye off your child.  If your child needs swim lessons, see one of our guards. 

Care for Sunburn

posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:28 PM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 4:45 AM ]

Care for Sunburn

OK, you tried really hard to keep your child from getting sunburned, but it happened anyway.  Here are a few tips from WebMD to make the recovery as painless as possible. 
 
  1. Get your child indoors or in the shade
  2. Apply cool compresses
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Apply creams or gels such as aloe vera (remember, they don't provide sun protection)
  5. Check the WebMD page for symptoms that require a doctor's attention such as fever or blisters. 

Raft Safety

posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:28 PM by Chad Tompkins   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 4:53 AM ]

Raft Safety

Several times through the summer, Commonwealth's Social Committee will organize a raft night.  Here are some guidelines that will make raft night safe and fun. 
 
  1. Make sure the raft is properly inflated
  2. Don't overload the raft
  3. Enter the raft from the water.  Do not enter the raft from the side of the pool.
  4. Lay on the raft.  Do not stand on the raft.
  5. Keep the raft in the shallow end if your child is not a strong swimmer.
  6. Do not bring oars, paddles, or anything hard into the pool. 
  7. Don't go under the rafts. 
  8. Most importantly, listen to the lifeguards. 
 

Sun Protection and your Child

posted Apr 10, 2012, 1:27 PM by Chad Tompkins

Sun Protection and Your Child

The sun is fun especially if you are careful to use sunscreen.  Here are a few guidelines from WebMD Site on Sun Protection for Kids
 
  1. Pick a child-friendly sunscreen that is water resistant. 
  2. Slather it on between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM - no exceptions!
  3. Apply at least every 2 hours (read the label)
  4. Use at least SPF 30 that covers UVA and UVB
  5. Use sunscreen sticks on your child's face
  6. Wear a hat and cover up that skin for extra protection. 

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