Swimming Pool Safety Requires A Layered Approach

Swimming Pool Safety Requires A Layered Approach

Swimming Pool Safety: Layers of Protection for ‘Pool Safely’

From Pool and Patio via About.com

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Pool Safely” campaign is the largest swimming pool safety awareness campaign in the history of the world.  The movement began after the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed, and has grown into a powerful safety awareness force.  The keys to the movement, according to this post from About.com’s Pool and Patio site, is that simple, layered steps will undoubtedly save lives.  Common sense and layers of protection can make the difference between a safe, health environment, or a unmitigated diaster.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

While swimming pools provide hours of exercise and enjoyment, accidental drownings in pools, spas and hot tubs are the leading cause of death for children under age 5 and the second-leading cause of death for children 15 and under. Follow these layers of protection mandated in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to make your pool or spa safer.

On May 24, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in conjunction with other advocacy groups, launched a public campaign in an effort to prevent accidental drownings, entrapments and other pool-related accidents. Learn how to “Pool Safely.”
A Passive Approach Can Be Deadly
Research conducted by the CPSC and other organizations reveals that over-confidence may lead to dangerous complacency among pool and spa users and owners. The “Pool Safely” campaign is guided by the concept that, no matter how many safety measures you set up, you can never be certain which safety step could save a life — until it actually does.

“Simple steps save lives,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the press conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. “The greatest water safety assurance in pools and spas comes from adopting and practicing as many water safety measures as possible.”

These include:

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