Pool Safety – Simple Steps Save Lives

The summer is a time of fun for many children as they head from classrooms to playgrounds and swimming pools. Unfortunately, summertime also marks an increase in the number of childhood drowning deaths and injuries. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates each year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools and spas and more than 3,000 that age go to hospital emergency rooms due to non-fatal submersion injuries. An unknown number of these hospitalizations result in permanent disability, including brain damage. These deaths and injuries are preventable.

The Pool Safely Campaign The Pool Safely campaign is a national public education effort to reduce child drownings and non-fatal submersions, and entrapments in public swimming pools and spas.

The campaign was developed to carry out the requirements of Section 1407 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation signed into law in 2007 mandating new requirements for public pool and spa safety, including a public education campaign designed to raise public awareness, promote industry compliance, and improve safety at pools and spas.