Know Prevention in the Pool. Pool Safety Information for Families, Kids and Pool Operators
The Pool & Spa Safety (P&SS) Act was signed into law in 2007, became effective in December 2008, and strives to:
- Enhance the safety of public and private pools and spas
- Reduce the number of child drownings in pools and spas
- Reduce the number of suction entrapment incidents, injuries and deaths
- Encourage the use of multiple safety steps and
- Educate the public on the importance of constant supervision of children in and around water
The Act establishes a series of strict standards for public pool and spa safety, focusing on the importance of installing anti-entrapment drain covers and other devices in public facilities.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the lead agency implementing and enforcing the act. They recently dove into the 2012 swim season with the third year of their Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign. A few of the CPSC facts include:
- Approximately 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools each year
- 3,000 children that age go to hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal submersion injuries
- On average, there are 5,200 annual pool- or spa-related ER treatments for submersion injuries involving children younger than 15
- Most fatalities (71%) occur on the day of, or within a week (additional 24%) of, the submersion incident. Only 5% of fatal victims survived beyond a week of submersion, and these victims had severe injuries and required intensive medical care.
Simple Steps Save Lives
True to a safety person’s heart, the campaign focuses on belts and suspenders, not just a belt or suspender, but on multiple simple pool safety steps. Apply as many of the following seven simple steps as possible:
Step 1: Supervision
Step 2: Fencing
Step 3: Pool & Spa Covers
Step 4: Alarms
Step 5: Safety Drain Covers
Step 6: Swimming Lessons
Step 7: Learning CPR
For further information on each step, visit www.poolsafely.gov. You’ll find vital pool safety information for families, kids, public pools, operators and industry. There’s a variety of Resources, Fact Sheets, Brochures & Tip Cards, Guides, PSAs, Recalled Pool & Spa Products, stories of tragic incidents, plus videos on each Pool Safely Step. Then, it’s up to you to do everything you can to prevent pain in your pool.
Do you do Pool Safely, in your pool? Pool Safely requires more than just clean water, adding chemicals and balancing ph, but it can be simple. Just add liberal amounts of precaution and prevention to your pool.
Don’t be in the news, be proactive. Have a safe summer, at work and home!
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