San Antonio, Texas– PetMitt has changed its name to PetMitten in an effort to more accurately reflect that their product is actually a mitten rather than a bag. PetMittens are mitten-shaped; the pet owner slips one over their hand, picks up the waste, rolls the mitten inside out and traps the waste, ties it off and tosses it in a nearby receptacle. For more information, call (800) 738-6488, or visit


Six Tips For Safer Home Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Colorado Springs, Colo.–The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation want all pool and hot tub owners to make safety their priority by following these safety guidelines:

1. Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround it pool with a 4-foot high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Install alarms on any doors leading to the pool that sound when opened unexpectedly. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.

2. Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young children. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone. Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

3. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

4. Keep pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Use proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.

5. Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”

6. Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid and CPR courses.

Learn about Red Cross and NSPF at and


NAYS Sports Administrator Academy Available Online

West Palm Beach, Fla.–The National Alliance for Youth Sports announces their Certified Youth Sports Administrator Academy is available online. The academy is a certification program that provides youth sports administrators with tools to positively impact youth sports organizations. Topics include volunteer and parent management, child abuse prevention, conflict resolution, insurance and risk management, including children with disabilities and more. For more information, visit


Grants Available For Greener Playgrounds

Lewisburg, Penn.–From now through the end of the year, local communities can save some green while going green. Playworld Systems, maker of commercial playground equipment, is offering a special program to not only benefit the health of local communities, but the health of the environment. From now through December 31, 2009, Playworld is underwriting Green Grants for local communities to purchase new green playgrounds. These Green Grants can be used toward a purchase from Playworld’s Activo line. For more information, visit


K&K Insurance launches New Web Site

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