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Backyard swimming pools should be banned (Australia)
iVillage.com.au ^ | 1-19-14

Posted on 01/22/2014 7:34:06 PM PST by kingattax

With drowning in backyard pools accounting for so many child deaths in Australia, is it time to ban backyard pools? Jo Abi says yes.

Drowning is one of the leading cause of death in children under five with majority of those deaths occurring in backyard pools. So why haven’t backyard pools been banned?

If any other product or activity caused so many injuries and deaths in our most vulnerable they would be banned, there would be lawsuits, there would be outrage. Except backyard pools are an intrinsic part of Australian culture, and it’s costing us children’s lives.

According to Kidsafe, an average of two Australian children drown each week. Most are under 5 years of age and more than half drown in backyard pools. “The children at greatest risk are toddlers, aged 1-3, and for them drowning is the single most common cause of death”.

This statistic doesn’t account for the number of near drownings, many of which result in brain injuries.

(Excerpt) Read more at ivillage.com.au ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; News/Current Events
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how about a ban on everything ?
1 posted on 01/22/2014 7:34:06 PM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

I would suspect that abortions actually lead the statistics for deaths of children under 5.


2 posted on 01/22/2014 7:35:27 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (It's difficult to differentiate between a hog calling contest and a Senate rollcall.)
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To: kingattax

“So why haven’t backyard pools been banned?”

Why hasn’t irresponsible parenting been blamed? It’s not the presence of a pool that’s the issue—it’s the sheer stupidity of people who pro-create and have the audacity to call themselves “parents”.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 7:36:36 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: kingattax
No matter what they do, there will always be something which is the single most common cause of childhood death.

So there will always be something they are trying to ban.

4 posted on 01/22/2014 7:38:08 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: kingattax
first they came for the guns, but i wasn't a gun owner, then they came for the pools...
5 posted on 01/22/2014 7:41:58 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kingattax

The “Even if it saves one life” syndrome strikes again.


6 posted on 01/22/2014 7:43:24 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: kingattax
There are freepers that wouldn't mind banning almost everything. Except what they like.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/22/2014 7:49:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: kingattax

The real problem is water. It’s a killer. We should ban water.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 7:50:24 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Chode
first they came for the guns, but i wasn't a gun owner, then they came for the pools...

first they came for the guns, but kids still died...Then they came for the pools, but,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

9 posted on 01/22/2014 7:54:10 PM PST by Iscool
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To: AppyPappy

There is a video where some guy goes around with a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. He gets plenty of people to sign it.

It might have been the Pen & Teller guy.


10 posted on 01/22/2014 7:56:54 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: AppyPappy
The real problem is water. It’s a killer. We should ban water.

Another victim of dihydrogen monoxide.

http://www.dhmo.org/

11 posted on 01/22/2014 7:57:34 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: kingattax
Why stop with backyard pools?

How about public pools, high school swim team pools, Lakes, rivers? Heck, let's ban the oceans!!!!!

12 posted on 01/22/2014 7:57:38 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Chode

And, in the case of a friend in Australia, when he went to the pool behind his house there last summer, he found a large Krait snake swimming in his pool. It got in it somehow and couldn’t get out.


13 posted on 01/22/2014 7:58:01 PM PST by Sasparilla
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To: Iscool
first they came for the guns, but kids still died...Then they came for the pools, but,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Well, the solution is obvious. They should ban kids.

14 posted on 01/22/2014 7:58:44 PM PST by Greysard
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To: AppyPappy

Way ahead of you.
http://dhmo.org/


15 posted on 01/22/2014 7:58:49 PM PST by xp38
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To: Iscool
100%
16 posted on 01/22/2014 7:59:00 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Sasparilla
damn... doubleplus ungood
17 posted on 01/22/2014 8:00:44 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: kingattax

Bfl


18 posted on 01/22/2014 8:01:44 PM PST by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: kingattax

>> how about a ban on everything ?

I would love to see a ban on bans.


19 posted on 01/22/2014 8:05:45 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: AppyPappy
The real problem is water. It’s a killer. We should ban water.

We can make everyone use beer instead of water in their pools. Perhaps that will help.

20 posted on 01/22/2014 8:09:23 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: kingattax

Don’t ban the swimming pools — ban the water in it.


21 posted on 01/22/2014 8:09:46 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: kingattax

What about motor vehicles and electricity?


22 posted on 01/22/2014 8:16:01 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: kingattax

No, no, no...they’re good for emergency water.


23 posted on 01/22/2014 8:16:58 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: kingattax

This is NOT about child deaths —this is about INEQUALITY:

The left hates the following things:

1. Golf courses

2. Ski resorts

3. Back-yard pools

What do these things have in common? They are options for UPPER INCOME PEOPLE.


24 posted on 01/22/2014 8:21:32 PM PST by gaijin
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To: jeffc

Can’t stop with pools....

CPSC Warns: Pools Are Not the Only Drowning Danger at Home for Kids - Data Show Other Hazards Cause More than 100 Residential Child Drowning Deaths Annually
MAY 23, 2002 Release Number: 02169
Young children are irresistibly drawn to water, and tragically, about 350 children under age 5 drown in swimming pools each year. But even if you don’t have a pool, your young children may not be safe from drowning. At next month’s World Congress on Drowning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) presented data showing that about one-third as many children (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as do in pools. CPSC has received reports of 459 young children who drowned in bathtubs, buckets, toilets, spas, hot tubs and other containers of water in a 4-year period between 1996 and 1999.


25 posted on 01/22/2014 8:24:21 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: kingattax

26 posted on 01/22/2014 8:33:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: kingattax

Found this in “Keep and Bear Arms” archive

The Slippery Menace

Unregulated bathtubs cause over 200,000 injuries every year How many more must die in the cold porcelain of the household bathtub before we come to our collective senses? This all too common appliance is a proven killer. Unregulated bathtubs cause over 200,000 injuries every year. There are over 100 drownings and 70 people cooked to death in scalding bath water each and every year. Add the suicides, falls, and deliberate murders that take place in tubs, and the death toll mounts. Sadly, children comprise 75% of the fatalities.

Many European nations have long recognized the risk inherent in bathtubs and have reduced the use of them. Yet in the United States, the bathing culture is rampant, and leads to death and suffering on a gigantic scale. There are those who claim that bath tub use is justified under certain circumstances. Some claim that bathtubs are necessary for cleanliness. Is personal vanity more important to you than a child’s safety?

Recreation is often espoused as a legitimate use of the bathtub but can be disregarded out of hand. No brief thrill is worth the cost of maintaining one of these deadly instruments of destruction in your home. Research shows that the chances of drowning or being boiled in your bathtub are greater than the chances of inducing a supermodel of the opposite sex to share it with you.

Steps should be taken at once to register tubs. Our government at present does not even know for sure how many of these killer devices exist! Simply incorporating a few questions into the upcoming census would help authorities to determine the size of regulatory agency needed to enforce license requirements.

Many bathtubs hold up to 18 inches of water. The variety known as the “spa” or “hot tub” may hold even more, and has been implicated in cases of date rape. Some of these assault tubs can have as much as 24 inches of water and various automatic jets, whirlpools, and heaters, which make them attractive to the criminal bather. Our legislature should take steps to limit all new bathtubs to holding 3 inches of water. This should reduce the chances of mass drowning significantly.

Of course, children make up the overwhelming number of bathtub victims. Even if you do not own a bathtub, your child’s friends may have parents who are irresponsible bathers. The common sense solution is for people to use faucet locks. Faucet locks can be easily mandated by government, enforced by a new agency set up specifically with tub safety in mind, and subject to in-home inspections at households with registered bathtubs.

Regardless of any “right” claimed by the pro-bathing crowd, (a right which is never mentioned in the Constitution) precedents have already been established for bathroom fixture regulation. The Supreme Court has so far refused to hear any cases involving environmentally friendly commodes, thereby pointing out the foolishness of those who say that the government requirement of a toilet that doesn’t work is some kind of tyranny. We should continue to educate these malcontents and inform their children of the stubborn and selfish ways of their parents.

How can you get involved in insuring your children’s safety? The most important thing you can do is to eliminate your bathtub immediately. Your tub is not “necessary” to your family’s well being, and in fact is more likely to kill or injure a member of your family or a friend, than it is to drown a burglar. The benefits of eliminating your tub will be immediate and noticeable. There will be a certain air about you that says, “I did away with my bathtub and I’m safer for it.” Lobby your legislators to immediately invoke new laws to insure your safety from tubs. Give them money if you have to. Write nasty letters, stage protests, and organize anti-bathing individuals to stand around in legislative chambers. You WILL be noticed. Finally, join Bathtub Sanity, the only organization dedicated to your safety from this menace. At B.S. we are constantly involved in political action, research, and public education. We even maintain a facility containing various models of assault tubs, which our staff researches and tests at considerable personal danger.

Your children deserve to be safe, no matter the inconvenience or hardship. They cry out for your protection. Would you deny them?


27 posted on 01/22/2014 8:34:18 PM PST by joshhiggins
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To: kingattax

It was only a matter of time.


28 posted on 01/22/2014 8:35:56 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

How about cars too.


29 posted on 01/22/2014 8:45:58 PM PST by ully2
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To: kingattax

“False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction.

The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”

— Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson’s Commonplace book


30 posted on 01/22/2014 9:03:41 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Like the Crazy Man veto. If we could just ban free speech, and stop that one crazy man from killing someone, then its worth it


31 posted on 01/22/2014 9:11:44 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Sasparilla

How in the heck did a krait get in there? I didn’t think that was one of Australia’s native snakes. I thought that was an Indian/African snake.

That’s why I worry about people importing exotic hot snakes to the US. What if one escaped and was pregnant, or gravid, or whatever snakes get?What if it happened in, say, Florida, where the weather wouldn’t necessarily kill it? The escaped and released constrictors are doing just great in the Everglades, they’ve adapted just fine and are feasting on the local wildlife.


32 posted on 01/22/2014 9:20:09 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: kingattax

Life causes death. They should ban life.


33 posted on 01/22/2014 9:26:28 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Greysard
Well, the solution is obvious. They should ban kids.

LOL...That may be on the list somewhere...Or ban parents...

34 posted on 01/22/2014 9:59:02 PM PST by Iscool
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To: ClearCase_guy

They will finally have to ban old age!


35 posted on 01/22/2014 10:10:06 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: kingattax
Drowning abortion is one of the leading cause of death in children under five with majority of those deaths occurring in backyard pools. abortion clinics. So why haven’t backyard poolsabortion clinics been banned?
36 posted on 01/22/2014 11:07:43 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: kingattax

No fences? No positive-closure gates? No parenting?


37 posted on 01/22/2014 11:28:09 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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>> Drowning is one of the leading cause of death in children under five

The idiots must first ban the leading cause of death for children older than 4.


38 posted on 01/22/2014 11:32:44 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: kingattax

Well, I would opine that, the leading cause of death is......LIFE.

And so, the crazies, the Left, in their search for ‘safety’ and ‘no dying’, support abortion. “If we just kill these kids before they come into the world, then they wont die. It really is for their own good.”


39 posted on 01/23/2014 2:20:14 AM PST by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: 353FMG

Say no to H2O!


40 posted on 01/23/2014 3:18:14 AM PST by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: AppyPappy

They should Tax the water to save the children.


41 posted on 01/23/2014 3:20:56 AM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: kingattax

Good grief.


42 posted on 01/23/2014 10:32:35 AM PST by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: mrsmel
How in the heck did a krait get in there? I didn’t think that was one of Australia’s native snakes. I thought that was an Indian/African snake.

Two species of 'sea kraits' are found in Australia (as well as throughout South East Asia). Though they are aquatic, they come on to land to lay eggs and can spend quite a lot of time on land. They are quite closely related to the Asian Kraits, but strictly speaking are a different group.

43 posted on 01/24/2014 2:41:29 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Thank you. After I posted that, I remembered that some sea snakes are kraits and sea snakes are definitely found in Australian waters, but I still wondered how one would have gotten into someone’s swimming pool!

I remember a clip on You Tube of a black mamba which got trapped in someone’s empty pool in South Africa. One of the people in the clip was prodding it with a stick. I remember thinking that I would think that people in South Africa, of all people, would know how quickly a black mamba can climb a stick and what a reach they have-something like two-thirds of their body length, which is very long.

I also remember reading about how they can get caught up in the wheels and things on cars, and have been seen rising above the tall native grasses while moving swiftly.

I also remember reading about how some of the land kraits are fairly small, and sometimes enter dwellings to curl with humans sleeping on the floor for warmth, and a lot of people get bitten that way. It seems the bite itself is hardly felt, but kills you dead as a doorknob.

I seem to remember that more people are killed by Russell’s vipers in that region, than any other snake, because one, there’s so many of them, and two, they bite the barefooted rice paddy workers who step on them, and the anti-venom is pretty scarce and usually a long distance away.

Dang, the worst venomous thing on land we have to deal with is rattlesnakes, and that’s bad enough!

I can’t stand snakes, but at the same time they’re interesting to learn about, from a book. I can’t stand to watch them move, even in videos. They’re just too creepy.


44 posted on 01/24/2014 5:40:11 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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