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7 Pool Safety Tips for a Fun Filled Summer

Summer is the perfect time to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy your pool. Create beautiful memories but, most importantly, keep safety in mind. Follow these seven tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy pool season.

Pool Safety Tips to keep your family safe.

1. Install a Fence

The fence should be at least four feet high. Make sure the fence has a self-locking gate and doesn’t have lawn furniture, shrubs or anything else that would provide a boost to a child trying to climb over the fence.

2. Supervise Your Kids at All Times

Make sure your kids are always within an arm’s reach. Designate an adult to keep an eye out on the kids all the time, ignore your phone and have someone else attend to the grill. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear arm floats or life jackets.

3. Teach Your Kids to Swim

Enroll your kids in swimming lessons or teach them to swim yourself. The best way to prevent accidents in the pool is to make sure you know the skill level of all swimmers.

4. Establish Pool Rules

Establish easy-to-remember pool safety rules. Post the rules where everyone can see them and encourage safe behavior. Keep things simple, write a few basics on a whiteboard, such as “no diving”, “swim with a buddy”, and “no running”. You can also purchase an inexpensive pool rules sign and install it near the pool gate.

5. Never Swim Alone

Even experienced swimmers can experience emergencies while in the water, like leg cramp or heart attack. If you choose to swim alone, make sure someone in the household knows where you are.

6. Don’t Skip Maintenance

Check your pool equipment regularly, repair non-slip surfaces when they wear out and make sure all ladders and railings are secure. Maintain proper chemicals levels – test the water regularly and make sure it is clear and there are no leaves or debris floating in the pool.

7. Know How to Respond in Case of Emergency

Keep a first aid kit and rescue equipment by the pool; learn CPR and take water safety classes and teach your kids what to do in case of emergency. Being prepared will help you, your family and your guests feel more relaxed.

Taking these steps for pool safety will ensure a fun-filled summer.  Do you have a pool? Give us a call to review the pool coverage on your homeowner’s policy.  Contact us at (800) 443-7007 and one of our team members will be happy to help.

15 of the Most Unusual U.S. Laws That Still Exist Today

Unusual LawsThe summer months are filled with holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, not all of the fun and games end well. This season finds police officers on high alert in protecting the public and ensuring that all of the festivities remain safe and within the guidelines of state law.

However, it may surprise you that some U.S. laws are so strange that they are sure to cause uproars of laughter. Concentrated in the New England states and surrounding areas, we’ve compiled 15 state laws that can serve as a humorous anecdote at your next summer shindig.

CONNECTICUT

Warm up the grill, round up the burgers and throw a pickle on the patio to test its authenticity. In Connecticut, a pickle must bounce for it to be officially considered a pickle.

DELAWARE

The state of Delaware claims no official state dog. Perhaps, this indicates the value of all dog breeds. Just check their books and you will find it unlawful to sell the hair of any dog.

MAINE

Call this Pine Tree State Scrooge, if you will, but all Christmas decorations must come down before January 15 to avoid a fine.

MASSACHUSETTS

No pranks or plotting allowed. Owning an explosive golf ball in Massachusetts evokes the wrath of the law.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

While the state motto may claim, Live Free or Die, this freedom does not extend to the beach. Picking up seaweed in New Hampshire proves illegal.

NEW JERSEY

While state laws on driving under the influence of alcohol are understandably strict, New Jersey socks it to offenders. Driving drunk removes your right to ever apply for personalized plates again.

NEW YORK

Beware trick-or-treaters. In New York state, any two or more masked people gathered together gain police attention and consequence.

NORTH CAROLINA

Senior citizens need to find alternative activities in North Carolina. No Bingo game may last over five hours except at a fair.

OHIO

Keep your beer to yourself. In Ohio, the police officials pick you up for intoxicating fish with alcohol.

PENNSYLVANIA

A fortune teller may foretell secrets, but do not return the favor in Pennsylvania. Sharing with a medium the location of buried treasure equals criminal activity in the Quaker State.

RHODE ISLAND

As if a bouncing pickle test seemed odd enough, Rhode Island takes things to a new level. Throwing pickle juice on a trolley lands you in trouble with the law.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Leave the retro gaming to those old enough to handle its intensity. Pinball machines remain off limits to those under 18 years of age in South Carolina.

VERMONT

The hermit thrush claims the spot of top bird in Virginia. However, all species gain a bit of honor in this state as shooting any bird simply for amusement is considered “fowl” play, according to the law.

VIRGINIA

All wildlife take a day of rest from hunters on Sunday in Virginia. All animals, that is, except raccoons. In this state, the raccoon remains fair game until 2:00 a.m.

WEST VIRGINIA

While residents can gain a permit to conceal and carry, be sure to keep it in check if you hold political aspirations in West Virginia. No person ever involved in a duel may run for public office.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these whacky state restrictions throughout New England and its surrounding states. Just remember that any and all laws should be abided by and respected not only during summer celebrations but all year long.

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Summertime Safety 101

Summertime SafetySummer is finally within arm’s reach! The kids are out of school, the weather is fantastic, and there are plenty of opportunities to get together with family and friends. From May to September, there is a holiday each month. Celebrations can be a great time, but there are many hidden dangers that can ruin a good time if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Hydration:

Drinking enough liquid, especially water, is vital for a healthy and happy summer. Most medical professionals recommend gauging your water needs at 64 ounces each day, or drinking half your weight in ounces of water; for example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water. Without enough water, you run the risk of dehydration or more serious health conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Proper sunscreen use:

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and about 20 percent of all Americans will develop this cancer at some point in their lives. It’s also one of the most preventable. Daily use of a high-quality sunscreen for children and adults can prevent the immediate pain associated with a sunburn while helping to cut the incidence of melanoma in half.

Water safety:

Getting in and on the water is a popular summer pastime. It’s important, though, that whether you’re in the ocean, at a local lake or pond, or in a pool, you follow state, local, and park rules. Don’t run on slippery surfaces near the water, always stay with children, and keep private, backyard pools properly secured to prevent accidental drowning.

Boating safety:

If you prefer being on the water, think of the same rules you’d follow on the roads. Never drive a boat under the influence, don’t text and drive, and make sure you have the boat running smoothly before heading out. Passengers should always wear properly sized life jackets.

Fireworks safety:

Many municipalities have laws and ordinances surrounding firework usage. If you choose to use fireworks, know the rules before you light the fireworks. Fireworks should always and only be used under adult supervision. Better yet, pack a picnic and find a public fireworks display.

Lawnmower safety:

While not as fun as other summer activities, mowing the lawn is certainly as satisfying when you look at your well-manicured yard. Following proper safety steps can make the results even better. Always wear shoes and keep your legs covered and protected from possible flying debris, never pull the lawn mower backwards, and follow the recommendations on keeping children under 12 years old from mowing the lawn.

Above all, when temperatures rise it is vital to consistently monitor those who are the most vulnerable to the heat; children and seniors. Make sure they are drinking enough fluid and are in cool, properly ventilated areas at all times.

When and if summertime fun ever takes a dark turn on the roads, you’ll want to make sure you, your loved ones and your property are all protected. Are you in the market for a new insurance premium? You can receive a quick auto insurance quote that caters to your particular needs by clicking here.