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Comic developed in support of a campaign to both educate pool owners and their children about pool safety and promote a product that offers some protection. The campaign avoided the use of fear and instead focused on safety as essential to enjoyment of the backyard pool.

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  • Youllspoil

    No onesfun,

    Vortex!

    Oh!Who are

    you?

    I am the Guardian! Its myjob to help you get the most funout of your pool. And that meanskeeping characters like Vortex

    under control.

    Guardianactivated!

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  • The Guardian here is beingmodest.Hes actually one ofthe layers of protection.

    You mean like alayer cake?

    No, silly,you cant

    eat apool!

    Actually,Austin,shesclose.

    You see, thelayers of protection

    are a whole bunchof ways to protect

    you and your friendsaround the pool.

    Thats right,guardian. Fencestall enough tokeep kids and

    even adults out.

    LikeFences.

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  • Your localbuilding codescan tell you how

    they shouldbe made.

    Also, fencesshould have gatesand its best that

    the gate opensaway from the pool.

    And, it shouldalways be self-closing

    and self-locking.

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  • And Brian, I noticed you also installedthose self-closing and self-latching doors

    from your house to the pool.

    Yeah, we did thatat the same time we

    built the pool. I madesure the latches werehigh enough to keep

    little hands away.

    Another layer of protection.pool covers like this one

    are physical barriers.

    Poolcovers!

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  • The only replacement motor with

    built-in-electronics that delivers an added

    layer of pool safety combined with superb pump

    protection and performance!

    Suction Entrapment Protection*

    Low Water Cut-Off Protection

    Electronic Monitoring Built In

    Easy-To-Install Replacement Motor

    Auto-Reset Less Nuisance Tripping

    www.guardiansofpoolsafety.com

    Why choose GUARDIAN Motorsfor your pool or spa?

    Need To Replace Your Existing Pool Pump Motor? Then you should consider the Guardian

    *SVRS does NOT protect against the four other types of entrapment: hair entanglement, mechanical entrapment, limb entrapment, evisceration/disembowelment.

    Copyright 2010 A. O. Smith Corporation

  • Hes right.They preventchildren, like

    you, fromentering thepool when

    theres no onearound towatch you.

    But youve got tomaintain themRemove

    any rain that mightaccumulate on them, sothey dont rip or sag.

    Oh, andkeep kidsand petsoff the

    cover toprevent

    accidentaldamage.

    Levitation rayactivated!

    Yap!Yap!Yap!Yap!

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  • Warning!Warning!Warning!

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  • Door and window alarmsare part of the

    second layer of protection.

    If someonetries to getinto the poolarea withoutpermission,the alarmgoes off.

    Warning!Warning!

    Unauthorizedwaterentry!

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  • Other typesof alarms

    sound if thewaters

    surface isdisturbed.

    And ifwe hear

    the alarm,we check

    it outimmediately.

    secondscount!

    Yes,theydo.

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  • Anothersafetydevice!

    My name ismaria lopez. My

    telephone numberis 123-444-5555 and

    my address isTipp City Lane!

    Excellent!

    Everyone?

    And wetaught

    everyonetheir name,address

    andtelephonenumber.

    Dial 911!And what do you doin case of emergency?

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  • www.safekids.org/water

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  • www.safekids.org/water

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  • Theres anotherdangerous situationthat everyone should

    be aware of.

    Hes right again.Suction entrapment can

    happen to anyone

    It doesntmatter if

    theyre youngor old, good

    swimmer or not.But most of all

    it can happento children.

    Warning!Warning!Warning!PotentialSuction

    entrapmentSituation!

    FFZSSHH

    !

    FFZSSHH

    !

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  • What can happen sometimes,is the water drawn through

    your pool or spa draincan create suction.

    Exactly! Ithappens whenthe drain iscovered orblocked andsometimes,the suction

    is so strong,it can trap aperson andthey cant

    freethemselves.

    This is whats called an anti-entrapmentdrain cover. Its specially designed to reduceor even prevent various forms of entrapment.

    Suction entrapmentalert withdrawn.

    Like avacuum

    cleaner?

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  • Guardianactivated!Guardian

    on patrol!

    And thentheres theGuardian

    motor. Itsequippedwith an

    electroniccontrol

    module thatmonitors

    your pool.It detectsthe flowof waterthrough

    thedrains.

    And if it detectsa change in flow?

    Change inload

    conditions!WArning!Guardianshutting

    downpump

    system!

    If theres achange in flowthat could be

    caused byentrapment,

    the Guardianshuts off thepump, and thatreleases the

    vacuum.

    Suction entrapmentalert withdrawn!

    Guardian reactivating!

    Whoosh!Whoosh!

    Washunk!Washunk!

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  • Theres one morelayer of protection in

    every safe pool

    Makesure

    childrenwho usethe poolknow howto swim.And thatyou can

    swim,too!

    And knowCPR andFirst aid.

    Children requireconstant supervision anda good rule of thumbis to maintain hands-onsupervision with infants

    and toddlers.

    Thats why wealways tell you to

    ask permissionbefore you evengo near a poolAnd why eitherdad or I are

    there to watch.

    And whenwe have

    our poolparty thisafternoon,there willalways besomeonewatchingthe pool

    at alltimes.

    Toddler alert!Toddler Alert!

    andthatsyou.

    And everyoneshould know thesafety rules.

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  • Kids, you can use thisLayers of Protection checklist

    to discuss pool safety withyour parents and friends!

    Dont forget,only get in a

    pool or spa whenan adult is present

    to supervise.And be mindful of,

    and stay clearof, drains.

    A pool or spa can givea lifetime of fun if you

    remember safety first!

    GUARDIANS OF POOL SAFETYLayers of Protection Safety Checklist Fencing Gates Doors Drain Covers (anti-entrapment) SVRS (Safety Vacuum Release System) Alarms

    Pool Cover Rescue Equipment Telephone/Emergency Numbers Swimming Lessons CPR/First Aid Training Safe Swimming Rules o Get Permission First o Adult Supervision Is A Must o Watch Out for Others o Avoid Horseplay o Diving Use extreme caution o No Electrical Devices Near Water o Proper Housekeeping (Toys Put Away, Chemicals Stored Correctly, etc.)

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  • Now you are all

    Guardians of Pool Safety!

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    Electrical Products Company Cares

    For more pool safety information, ideas, and fun learning activi-ties, visit the Guardians of Pool Safety campaign web site. There you will find child-friendly content as well as valuable information for parents and caregivers. You will also find links to organizations dedicated to educating families about water safety and to the prevention of child drowning, including:

    www.guardiansofpoolsafety.com

    U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission www.poolsafety.gov

    Safe Kids USAwww.safekids.org/water

    National Drowning Prevention Alliancewww.ndpa.org

    American Academy of Pediatricswww.aap.org

    American Red Crosswww.redcross.org

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)www.apsp.org

    Independent Pool & Spa Service Association, Inc. (IPSSA)www.ipssa.com

    Swim for Life Foundationwww.swimforlife.org

    A. O. Smith cares about consumer safety and developed the innovative line of Guardian replacement motors with built-in safety vacuum release system (SVRS) to help reduce the likelihood of pool and spa full-body entrapment accidents. Guardian motors offer an extra level of affordable protection for pool owners and those under their supervision. When utilized in conjunction with proper drain covers and other safeguards including those prescribed by local regulations and the many optional yet valuable layers of protection, the SVRS protec-tion provided by a Guardian motor can help lead to in-creased pool safety for the entire family and a lifetime of enjoyment in and around pools and spas. However, no system or other safeguard can ever replace or reduce the need for safety-conscious behavior and constant supervision. As a reminder, children should be taught to always ask before approaching a pool or spa and must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times when in or around swimming areas. And everyone should be reminded to avoid playing near or sitting on drain covers.

    To request additional copies of the Guardians of Pool Safety, to access activity page solutions, and to learn more about pool safety, visit www.guardiansofpoolsafety.com. You can also find more informa-tion abut the Guardian replacement motor including product literature and demonstration videos.

  • The only replacement motor with built-in-electronics that delivers an added layer of pool safety combined with superb pump protection and performance!

    Suction Entrapment Protection*

    Low Water Cut-Off Protection

    Electronic Monitoring Built In

    Easy-To-Install Replacement Motor

    Auto-Reset Less Nuisance Tripping

    Why choose GUARDIAN for your pool or spa?

    Need To Replace Your Existing Pool Pump Motor? Then you should consider the Guardian

    Copyright 2010 A. O. Smith Corporation

    *SVRS does NOT protect against the four other types of entrapment: hair entanglement, mechanical entrapment, limb entrapment, evisceration/disembowelment. www.guardiansofpoolsafety.com

  • HELP PREVENT DROWNINGS!

    Supervision: never take your eyes o children in the water

    Barriers: keep kids out of the pool area; install a 4-foot fence with self-closing and self-latching gates, and alarms on doors leading to the pool.

    Avoid Entrapment: never enter a pool or spa with a broken or missing drain cover. Ask your pool operator if your pool or spas drains are compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.

    Learn how to swim

    Teach children basic water safety tips

    Know how to respond in water emergencies

    Learn CPR

    Tips for Safety Around the PoolThe Pool and Spa Safety Act

    www.PoolSafety.govwww.PoolSafety.gov

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