Take the “Pool Safely” Pledge this Summer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4. This summer the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking children and parents, alike, to take a pledge to “Pool Safely” in an effort to spread awareness around pool safety.
Pool Safely is an ongoing campaign by the CPSC to educate the public about pool safety, pool product recalls and the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The act, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, was inspired by a young girl named Virginia Graeme Baker who drowned after a powerful and faulty suction from a hot tub drain trapped her under water. After her tragic death her family advocated tirelessly for pool and spa safety, eventually convincing congress to pass the act.
In order to help prevent tragic accidents like the one that caused Virginia Graeme Baker to drown, as part of the Pool Safely campaign, the CPSC has created the Pool Safely Pledge to encourage children and their parents to practice pool safety at all times. The CPSC has asked all who sign the pledge to share it with family and friends, either through social media, email or in person, to help spread the awareness even further.
At the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, NC, we encourage pool safety year-round. It is our priority to keep our readers informed and help spread awareness, which is why we have compiled a few pool safety tips from several sources. See our pool safety tips below:
Pool Safety Tips
- Make sure life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles are available
- Non-swimmers should always wear a life vest or a certified flotation device in a pool
- The CPSC encourages parents to stay within arm’s reach at all times in and around the pool
- Ensure that your residential pool has a fence around it to help keep out unattended children
- Learn CPR in case of an incident
You can read more pool safety tips, here! If your child has not yet had swimming lessons, don’t wait any longer. Find a location near your and join the CPSC for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Take the pledge to pool safely this summer and practice pool safety year round. Here at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood we want you to be safe! Should you find yourself, or a loved one, victim of a water injury don’t hesitate to call on the experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, NC. We are here to help guide you through any difficult times.
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