Minnesota schools review pool policies after St. Louis Park boy's drowning

By Kim McGuire, Star Tribune

The drowning of a St. Louis Park Middle School student has prompted Minnesota schools to scrutinize their widely varying pool safety policies in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy.

Abdullahi Charif, 12, was found floating in the deep end of the school's pool during a physical education class Thursday. He died two days later.

Attorney for the boy's family said he did not know how to swim and questioned how his drowning went unnoticed. On Tuesday, he pointed to a state Department of Health report that said no lifeguard was present at the time.

Nationwide Industries Recalls Trident Pool Gate Latches Due To Failure to Secure Hazardous Areas

Nationwide Industries has recalled Trident Pool Gate Latches. The magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly can come loose, preventing the latch from securing the gate. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. 

Pool safety expert helps spread awareness following the entrapment of Usher's son

When Usher's son was entrapped by a pool drain, Alan Korn, Executive Director of Abbey's Hope and a pool safety expert, helped the media spread drain safety awareness and warn the public about the very real dangers of entrapment. Fortunately, Usher's son survived and is reported to be doing well and recovering. Click the links below to view full stories.

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CPSC Recalls Thermobaby Bath Seats by SCS Direct Due to Drowning Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Thermo Aquababy Bath Ring Seats due to drowning hazard. The bath seats fail to meet the federal safety standards, including the requirement for stability. Specifically, the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

CPSC Recalls Hollis Digital Dive Computers Due to Drowning Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled Hollis Digital Dive Computers due to drowning hazards. The dive computer, when used with an optional integrated transmitter, can malfunction and display an incorrect tank pressure reading to the diver. A diver could unknowingly deplete their air supply based on the reading, resulting in drowning. Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

YMCA Starts Low-Income Water Safety Program

KSTP by Jennie Olson

The Greater Twin Cities YMCA is developing water safety lessons for low-income people in hopes of preventing drowning and luring more minorities into competitive swimming.

The curriculum provides five 40-minute lessons focusing on how to recognize safe swimming environments, how to identify a lifeguard and how to kick to the side of the pool, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The YMCA plans to take the program into low-income apartment complexes with swimming pools in Inver Grove Heights and Brooklyn Park and teach residents how to stay safe.

Warning signs of a drowning don't match perceptions

John Croman, KARE 11

Minneapolis- If you're the one responsible for keeping children safe in water, you shouldn't rely on your ears to tip you off to a drowning in progress. Experts say most drownings are quiet incidents and don't match our preconceived notions of victims yelling for help and frantically waving their arms in the water.

"Drowning is silent and people really must watch their children in the water," LeeAnn Mortenson, the injury prevention coordinator at North Memorial Hospital, told KARE. "There's no screaming or yelling or flailing. And it only takes a second for someone to slip under the surface unnoticed."

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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