May is National Water Safety Month! Here is how to get involved.

May is National Water Safety Month! Here is how to get involved.

May is National Water Safety Month! Here is how to get involved.

Get Ready for National Water Safety Month

By Cailley Hammel, Aqua Magazine

It’s almost May, and pool openings taking place across the nation, there’s no better time to celebrate National Water Safety Month.

To recognize the event, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation & Park Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association are coming together to reinforce the importance of safe swimming with educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials.

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the USA Swimming Foundation and the International Code Council have also pledged to encourage members to get involved in water safety activities and programs throughout May.

If you visit the official website for National Water Safety Month, you’ll find tip sheets, swimming rules, videos and posters. The event also has a dedicated Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr pages that will be updated with valuable information to share.

“The safe use of swimming pools, hot tubs and other recreational water facilities is a priority for everyone,” says APSP President and CEO Bill Weber. “National Water Safety Month serves to focus on the importance of water safety in all types of swimming environments.”

If you’re looking for additional resources, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Simple Steps Save Lives” program offers a variety of materials to consumers and organizations, all of which help to raise awareness for proper drain cover use, safe swimming, adult supervision and swimming lessons.

National Water Safety Month takes place during the entire month of May. Click here to visit the official website and see how you can participate.