Water Safety Signs for Kids

Aquatics Safety SIgns

Who can predict what kids will or won’t pay attention to? Along with my wife, I helped to raise four children, now all in their 20s, and each one of them approaches life differently. Predicting what they will pay attention to and how they will act was (and still is!) impossible. But that knowledge doesn’t stop Clarion from creating safety signage for places, like pools and beaches, where children will be present.
A couple of years ago, working alongside Dr. Tom Griffiths of the Aquatic Safety Research Group, we designed a set of pool safety signs that prominently display colorful ISO-formatted safety symbols. The goal of the symbols was, first and foremost, to catch the attention of people, adults and children alike. It’s sort of obvious to state, but a safety sign is useless if it goes unnoticed. And THAT is the situation with the vast majority of aquatic safety signage in use today. Typically these signs are nothing more than “list of rules” that use only words, no symbols. People – adults and children – walk right by them, not giving them the time of day. My guess is that everyone that enters these environments has other things on their mind and it, quite literally, takes too much time to read these signs, so no heed is paid to them. Continue reading “Water Safety Signs for Kids”

Belly First Down the Waterslide

WaterSlide - Aquatics Safety Expert

Thomas J. Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Expert ::::
A young mother took her two children to a family leisure pool with water slides at a mid-western aquatic facility. According to her testimony, after taking a few successful slides down a large, fast waterslide, the woman asked the lifeguard on duty if she could go down the waterslide laying on her stomach. Although her testimony was that the lifeguard said she could go down the slide in this inappropriate and unsafe manner, the lifeguard on duty denied it. Also, the large signs posted at the slide clearly stated that all riders should be seated in an upright position, or laying down on their backs; all other riding positions were prohibited. Since the woman slid down the slide blindly, with her face towards the flume, she was unable to see when she would be discharged into the shallow water and could not prepare for impact by flexing her knees.
Lessons learned: Waterslides are designed for safety. With lifeguards positioned both at the top and the bottom of the each slide, they are typically very safe. Most slide injuries are caused by rider misbehavior. Perhaps the most significant finding in this case was the woman signed a waiver prior to entering the waterpark releasing the aquatic facility of responsibility if she became injured during her use of the facility. Continue reading “Belly First Down the Waterslide”