For millions of Americans, swimming pools and spas are great places for families to spend time together having fun. Yet it’s important to ensure everyone stays safe in and around pools and spas. To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drowning, non-fatal submersion injuries and entrapment’s.
The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt additional, proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.
CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign provides helpful water safety materials, such as brochures, tip cards, videos and public service announcements (PSAs), which recommend multiple safety systems to safeguard children in and around the water. From 2009-2011 there were 390 pool and spa related fatalities per year of children under the age of 15.
No matter how safe you feel, additional protective measures and safety systems contribute to the overall safety of a pool or spa. These safety systems include:
- Barriers: An outdoor swimming pool barrier is a physical obstacle that surrounds a pool or spa so that access to the water is limited to adults
- Alarms: Alarms for doors, gates, windows and pools or spas are safety features designed to alert adults when unsupervised children enter the area of the pool or spa.
- Safety Covers: A pool or spa safety cover is a manual or motorized barrier that can be placed over the water’s surface, and is easily opened or closed.
For more information on Pool Safety and other Summer Safety topics check out toysafety.org