Florida is surrounded by water from the top border of Georgia to the tip of Key West. Not only do we have oceans on each side of us, but various lakes, canals, water parks and swimming pools within our state. Every child should know how to swim or be attended at all times when near water.
How many times have you heard a story of a child drowning and the person says they just stepped away from the pool for a couple minutes? What a tragedy that can be and must be avoided.
Here are some tips to follow:
Watch the child or children that are swimming actively no matter what size pool or waterways such as the ocean, canals or lakes.
If you are with a friend or a group of people it is easy to get distracted with a phone call or conversation. Pick one or two people to be in charge of the kids. It only takes a couple of minutes for a child to drown and in less water then you would think. If your child is not supervised, you may not hear them slip into a pool and they can lose consciousness in less then 2 minutes.
Child proof your pool area – In Florida its the law.
Keep access to your pool area restricted at all times if you have a small child. Put a childproof lock on the door/doors leading out to the pool area or a fenced in area around the pool. A slide over lock at the top of the door that they cannot reach.
If you have a pool with a fence around it, have self closing gates and a lock for those gates. I know of a hotel that added a fence around their pool with the lever to open the gates way at the top and out of reach of little hands.
Pool Alarm- In case a child falls in, you are alerted – See this article from Pooladvisers.
Pool Covers – When choosing a pool cover make sure it is professionally fitted to your pool. A flimsy cover is worse then no cover at all. If a child falls in they can get trapped or be harder to get out of the water.
Swimming lessons – According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Parents should consider swimming lessons for most children between ages 1 and 4,” This does not mean that you should not supervise your children, or not child proof your pool. This is an important measure to prevent drowning as are the others, even children with advanced swimming skills can still drown.
The American Red Cross offers classes for swimming just enter your zipcode to see what is available for your area. .
The YMCA also offers swimming lessons and water safety – Go Here for that information and scroll to the bottom of the ariticle to enter your zipcode for a YMCA near you.
CPR – is crucial to attempting to save a life of a drowning victim. Contact the American Heart Association for a class near you.
Water wings and inflatable water gear – While these are fun for kids and helps keep them afloat, they are not dependable because they can easily lose air. Check out the recommendations for the best waster safety products from Safety.com
If you are in a situation where a child has drowned and stopped breathing, call 911. You only have a very small amount of time for resuscitation and again CPR is crucial at this time.
For more information on preventing drowning please visit – Waterprooffl.com
Yes, you can. You can get pulled over and get a ticket for driving to slow stating “Below minimum speed” as your offense.
Driving too slow is a block to the normal flow of traffic and getting a ticket for this is in the same ball park as getting a speeding ticket. Your fine and points will be determined from state to state. Simply put obstructing traffic by driving slowly is against the law and frustrating for other drivers.
There is a minimum speed limit just as there is a set speed limit on highways. If you ever notice people in the right hand lane have a tendency to drive slower then those in the left hand lane. A given rule on the road is while driving on a highway and you want to go faster then the other cars, move on over to the left lane to pas other drivers.
In Florida the minimum is 40 mph on highways with at least four lanes and the set speed limit is 55 mph. If you have a vehicle that cannot go the speed limit, moped head, scooter etc, then you cannot drive on these highways. Go with the flow just to be safe and avoid tickets that could impact your auto insurance.
Originally posted by Chaney’s Used Cars
The winter cold and snow makes it harder to take your dog out for walks or play in the yard for more time then you normally would. This can cause your dog to get out of shape and be bored. You can keep your dog active during the winter by doing things indoors that are fun for both of you.
Your dog should be walked at least once a day for fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation. Protect their paws with booties. The salt and other chemicals used on sidewalks and streets can be harmful. Make sure you remove the booties upon entering your home and rinse them off. For dogs with shorter hair, put on a sweater for them as well.
Play fetch up and down the staircase or play in the basement. You want the dog to have room to stretch its legs fetching and bringing back.
Have a treat or favorite toy you can hide for your dog to find. DoggieBuddy.com has some great ideas for this.
Give your dog a chew toy they can work on for a while to help with boredom. There are many to choose from online to your local pet store. You want a toy that has food in it that they have to work for.
On those snow days when you are stuck in the house, provides a great time to teach your dog new tricks and bond. Check out Easy and Fun Dog Tricks
Indoor dog parks are another great way for your dog to interact with other dogs, get exercise and with out the could wintry weather. Take advantage of the obstacle course if available, which most indoor parks have.
Good ideas for using Ceiling Fans… a must have in Florida