Summer is here which means more and more people will enjoy some time in a pool. A pool is a great way to relax and cool off from the summer heat. While pools are relaxing and fun they can still be dangerous and it is important to be safe when at the pool. Here is an infographic on how to keep you and your children safe at the pool.
Infographic Design: C
I have to start by saying that this really looks like a poster from the seventies in a school somewhere. I don’t know if they were going for a “vintage” look or what but it is definitely old and out of date. Everything from the colors and the font they used screams old and boring. I even found the text hard to read sometimes because of the colors overlapping especially the red text on the pool water. The grey silhouettes of the people at the pool make this already scary topic feel even creepier. If the people had faces and expressions the feel of the infographic would be completely different. The graph in the infographic is a simple bar graph and while the information is clear the graph could have be done in a more creative way. I would have liked to have seen a pool as the graph and the water levels could have shown the different levels. While the “what can you do” section is important, I would have liked to have seen a list instead of a long paragraph that was hard to read. I was confused by the map of the United States and the statistics pointing to Washington State. Was the information regarding Washington State? Is it just a representative of the whole United States? So I think that if the statistics are regarding just the state of Washington then it needs to be labeled. This infographic had the potential to be interesting and informative but the colors and theme that were used made it look unappealing.
Infographic Information: C+
The information in this infographic is important because pools can be a dangerous place. They can be fun but it is also an easy place to get hurt. I like the bulleted lists at the top that told readers what they could do to make their pools safer. Information should always be presented in a way that is easy for readers to read and understand. I never knew that filters and drains can cause injury or death due to entrapment. I learned that if someone is being pulled into the drain that you should not pull them but break the suction by sticking your hand in between their body and the drain. I was not surprised by the chart that showed drowning deaths by months. It seems obvious that more people would drown during the summer when more people are out in the pool. I was surprised to see that there was still some in December and January but I guess these could be indoor pools or pools in areas that are still warm that time of year. I have to say that the last section about what you can do about pool safety is a little bit of a cop out. It just says to get swimming lessons for your child. While I think that is important there could have been a little more information here. I feel like they just got to the end and decided to just tell the reader to get swimming lessons. Give us some more information about pool rules and safety so that we can be prepared for when we do take swimming lessons. This infographic was about Pool Safety and when you read it, it gives you a few statistics and then tells you to just take swimming lessons. I would say overall that the infographic can be informative to someone who knows nothing about pool safety but other than that it would not be particularly helpful to read.