With the 100+ degree temperatures we face this and every summer, swimming is a great way to beat the heat. But with so many pools in back yards around Phoenix, every summer brings the tragedy of children drowning. It’s easy to blame parents when something this horrifying happens, but in reality turning your back for just a couple of seconds can lead to disaster.
This truth is why Fulton Homes strongly supports the “2 seconds is too long” campaign this summer in conjunction with KTAR-FM and Arizona Sports 98.7 to remind adults that emergencies around water can occur in a split second.
“For years Fulton Homes has proudly sponsored 2 Seconds Is Too Long in hopes of raising awareness for families to watch their children around water,” Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes, said. “Being vigilant with children around water, teaching them to swim, having a pool fence and having an adult who knows how to preform CPR are all critical for protection against drowning and near drowning accidents. Drowning is a harsh reality in Arizona, and we want to continue doing everything we can to prevent another family tragedy.”
This campaign is supported by another Fulton Homes community program: the annual Fulton Homes Fence Patrol program which provides pool fences to families in need every summer.
To learn more about the Fulton Homes “2 Seconds is Too Long” campaign and the Fence Patrol program, visit our website at http://www.fultonhomes.com/news/fulton-foundation/water-safety.
Fulton Homes has always been a proud proponent of Water Safety in the Phoenix area, and their summer outreach programs recognize the risk many families in the Phoenix area face every day – children near water. So Fulton Homes gave away fifteen pool fences this summer during the Annual Fulton Homes Fence Patrol.
This is the 12th consecutive year that Fulton Homes has presented free pool fences with installation included for residents in need. The program is managed in partnership with KMLE 107.9 and Ironman Pool Fences. The fences are specifically designed to meet city codes for optimum safety. Families are selected through a nomination process from friends and families of the homeowners.
“If the Fence Patrol prevents even one needless drowning, we’ve succeeded,” said Douglas Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes. “Drowning incidents happen in the blink of an eye and can occur with anyone near a pool. At Fulton Homes, we believe that parents must remain vigilant in regard to watching their kids around water and a properly installed pool fence is essential, especially for families with young children in the mix.”
The Fence Patrol is one of many water-related initiatives Fulton homes supports. The Tempe-based homebuilder also sponsors the “2 Seconds is Too Long” campaign as well as supporting the Valley of the Sun YMCA, providing swimming lessons to disadvantaged youths who learn valuable life skills, including personal safety and growth, stroke development, rescue and water sports.
As Doug Fulton explained, “Drowning is a harsh reality in Arizona, and we want to continue doing everything we can to prevent another family tragedy.” For more information go to www.fultonhomes.com and click on the “Fulton Foundation” link.
With the end of the school year freedom is within sight for children. Be sure to reinforce safety issues as school schedules give way to more free time and the summer heat comes back.
Sun Safety: Today’s sunburns lead to tomorrow’s problems with skin cancer. Set a standard approach to the sun with your children, including when and how long they spend outside and the application and regular re-application of sunscreen. For more insights, check out this FDA video about sunscreen selection and application.
Heat Safety: This can be a serious issue in the Arizona desert. Be sure to discuss drinking water with your children as heat rises. Buy water containers and thermos choices and make sure they understand the importance of staying hydrated.
Traffic Safety: Drivers without children will be startled when school’s last day brings kids out into the streets again. You may want to review the basics of pedestrian and bike safety, and make sure their bikes and bike helmets are in good repair.
Water Safety: Make sure to have a designated adult present to play lifeguard when kids are in or around a pool. Set safety rules limiting horseplay in or near a pool, with time-outs for anyone who doesn’t want to follow them. Make sure your children know how to swim and make sure you know how to handle basic first aid and CPR.
This summer can be amazing and fun for everyone in your family. With a strategy of safety, you can ensure that everyone enjoys the next few months.