Celebrate National Water Safety Month with Safe Swimming Tips from Experts

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Although May is officially Water Safety Month, it’s something we should practice year-round. Check out these great water safety tips from the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and be sure to visit www.nationalwatersafetymonth.com for more great information and resources to keep your family safe and happy at home and on vacation.
 

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• Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
• Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
• Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
• Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
• Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
• Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
• Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
• Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
• Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, that completely surrounds the pool and prevents direct access from the house and yard.
• Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
• Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
• Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
• Never prop the gate to a pool area open.
• Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
• Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
• Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
• Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.

Here’s to a safe swimming season in 2011!

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Campfire Safety

The Jellystone Park Campground franchise is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors. 
 
We know how much fun a safe, responsibly-managed campfire can be – that’s why this recent blog post from Leave No Trace caught our eye. 
 
For your next campfire, keep the following in mind:
 
• Ask about pertinent regulations and campfire management techniques.
• Restore the appearance of the fire site.
• Judge the wind, weather, location, and wood availability. Decide whether it’s safe and responsible to build a campfire.
• Where there are no fire rings or grates, bring a fire pan or set aside time to build a mound fire.
• Have a trowel or small shovel and a container for saturating the ashes with water.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Don’t try to burn foil-lined packets, leftover food, or other garbage that would have to be removed later.
• Burn the wood completely to ash: Stop feeding the fire, and give yourself an hour or more to add all the unburned stick ends.
• Saturate the ash with water. Make sure it’s cool to the touch, and remove any trash.
• Scatter all the ashes widely with a small shovel or pot lid.
 
Log on to www.LNT.org to learn more about how you can Leave No Trace when you play outside.

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Get Moving! Staying Active This Winter

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Short, cold, snowy winter days make it tough to keep the family active and healthy! Add school closings to the mix, and cooped-up kids (and parents) start to long for the outside weather of the rest of the year. With spring still a long way off, it’s easy to resign yourself to being sluggish – but don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to burn off extra energy, keep the whole family active and even have a great time between now and Daylight Savings Time!

Lace up your skates! Ice skating is a perfect wintertime activity to get the family moving – and have lots of fun doing it. If no one knows how to ice skate, sign up for group lessons and learn something new together. Then there’s roller skating; what better way to revisit your youth than to take the kids to the roller rink? And they even have those awesome disco balls.
 
Let Rover lead the way. Your dog just may miss the outdoors more than anyone. And he doesn’t care if he gets snow in his coat. Romping with him outside in the snow will warm the kids up in no time and give them a great workout.
 
Just too dang cold to go outside? Plug into the Wii (or PlayStation, or Xbox.) There are plenty of games out there that will get you moving, but a family favorite is the Let’s Dance series. Great music, groovy moves and perfect for family night.
 
Don’t forget the old standbys! Sledding, skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful exercise and perfect for making great memories. Our new Jellystone Park in Madison, Maine , with its heated cabins, is a great home base to explore the area rich in winter activities including snowmobiling.  
 
Get your swim on! Find an indoor water park at your YMCA or community center, or just swim laps. Jellystone Park Campgrounds in Frankenmuth, MI and Canyon Lake, TX have indoor swimming pools that create a wonderful wintertime destination.

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Camping Is Always In-Season!

While the weather has turned frosty in most of the country, campers need not despair – there are still plenty of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Campground open year round!

You’ll find our friendly staff and top-notch hospitality still very much in working order during the winter months, so don’t give up on camping fun just yet. In addition to RV campsites, many of our campgrounds offer heated cabins and lodges, as well as access to winter-time activities at northern parks. With rates at their off-season lowest, it’s the perfect time for a quiet getaway. And further south, you’ll find Yogi Bear-style fun (and warmer temperatures!) at Jellystone Park campgrounds.

From Larkspur, CO (nestled in Pike National Forest), where you can rent a premium cottage for $99 and enjoy the quiet of the Colorado winter, to Burleson, TX , where you’ll find yourself perfectly positioned to explore the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, and plenty of places in between, now’s the time to see a new side of camping. Visit here for a full listing of year-round parks.

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Family Camping Ideas in New GetawayUSA Magazine

GetawayUSA online magazine promotes Campgrounds and RVing depicting four states monthly with spectacular photography and interesting editorial on what to do in each state. Camping and accommodation options are covered with campground and state park features. Interesting topics like recipes, traveling with pets along with plenty of competitions and prize give aways make the magazine a must read for those interested in camping and RVing. The pages promote family values, getting back to nature and spending quality family time together.

“The USA – You own it but have you experienced it yet? GetawayUSA is all about introducing you and your family to the Natural Wonders, the Historic sites, the Varied Culture and the interesting Places and People of this great land”

The current issue features four states, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Oregon with the November issue featuring Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. Be sure to register and receive your issue of GetawayUSA.
The magazine is free but those that want to receive discounts are asked to pay a yearly subscription of $12.
Click here for the latest issue: http://issuu.com/industryenews/docs/getawayusa2 when open click the full screen button on the left for best viewing.
Click here to subscribe: http://www.getaway-usa.com/competitions.html

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