Mar 21, 2011

Visualize your pool liner's design with

Finding it hard to visualize what your pool will look with various pool liners that you can only see and purchase in the internet?

Now, it will be easy for you to see what type and design of swimming pool liner will be suited for your pool with the new visualization tool that can be found at is the latest electronic tool that can definitely help pool owners to see how the different patterns of pool liner will look in their swimming pool. Through this, it will be easy for them to choose the kind that they will buy. 

To use the tool, here are the steps:
  1. Click
  2. Click the "Pool Liner Visualization Tool" found at the right side of the page.
  3. Choose the pattern of pool liner that you would like to visualize.
  4. To change the pool liner pattern, just click the other patterns found on the left side of the page.
This tool is very useful to those who wants to decide which pool liner is suited for their pool area since it is difficult to "just imagine" how it will look on your pool with only a small piece of vinyl.

Mar 9, 2011

Age and Gender: Major Factors Affecting Drowning

In line with the previous post on this blog regarding drowning, (click here to view the post) World Health Organization named age and gender as major factors that affect drowning.

1. AGE. According to WHO, age is one of the main factors of drowning which is also associated with the lack of supervision. 
Generally, children ages 5 and below are more prone to drowning worldwide except Canada and New Zealand where male adults are more at risk. The following statistics are very alarming:
  • In Australia, drowning is the major cause of unintentional injury death among children with 1 to 3 years of age.
  • In the United States, drowning is the second major cause of unintentional injury death among children with 1 to 4 years of age.
  • In China,  drowning is the major cause of  injury death among children with 1 to 14 years of age.
  • In Bangladesh, drowning accounts 20% of all deaths among children with 1 to 4 years of age.

    2. GENDER. Men are more prone to drowning than women. 
    According to studies, it is because men are more exposed to water and risky behaviors like swimming alone, drinking alcohol before swimming and boating. The number of mortality rate of men regarding drowning is double the number as women.

    Other factors affecting drowning are the following:
    • low socio-economic status (member of an ethnic minority, lack of higher education)
    • use of alcohol
    • lack of supervision (for children)
    • overcrowded vehicles used in water transportation
    • medical conditions including epilepsy
    • unfamiliarity of the water features and risks (for tourists)
    • floods and other natural disasters

    Reference: World Health Organization

    Mar 7, 2011

    WHO: Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death

    World Health Organization (WHO) said that DROWNING is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. With 7% of injury-related death, there are estimated 388,000 death worldwide caused by drowning.

    Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion in liquid that may cause death. It was in 2004 when the number of cases regarding drowning boomed to more than 300,000, making it a major public health problem all over the world. 

    The following are the regions and economies that are more prone to drowning:
    • low- and middle-income countries which account for 96% of unintentional drowning deaths
    • WHO Western Pacific Region and WHO South-East Asia Region over 60% of the world's drowning
    • WHO African Region where the drowning death rates are highest and are more than eight times higher than in Australia or the United States of America (USA)
    • China and India have particularly high drowning mortality rates, when combined can contribute 43% of the world's drowning deaths and 41% of the total global DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Life Years) lost related to drowning
    It is very important to be very vigilant whenever you go swimming. Whether it is in a swimming pool or not, safety must always come first. Children must be well-supervised because they are the the ones who are more prone to drowning.

    Mar 2, 2011

    World's Most Dangerous Pool

    Do you know which the most dangerous swimming pool in the world is? Would you risk your life just to be able to swim on it?

    Without a doubt, the most dangerous pool in the world is the Devil’s Pool. The pool is located at Victoria Falls located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe which is considered by some to be among the Seven Wonders of the World.

    The Victoria Falls have a drop of 128 meters and has a place where one can swim in the so-called Devil’s pool but only during the months of September to December when water levels are comparatively low. The pool has taken 17 lives since 1959. The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.

    Many believe that the pool itself is a cursed place. The dangers are held to be geographical, but local tribes people and Babinda locals generally believe and recount the legend of an Aboriginal woman's curse on the waterhole.

    The legend arises from the story of a woman who married a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man visiting for the event. When they were captured she threw herself into the waters to escape, calling for her lover to follow her. The legend goes that her spirit guards the boulders and that her calls for her lover can still be heard.

    Whether the legend is true or not, Devil's pool is truly a dangerous pool which have taken a lot of lives.