Approximately a month ago, we featured a blog on our website that dealt with child safety; specifically, safety in and around a pool. Now, with record high temperatures hitting most of our local areas, we thought it worthwhile to further detail these safety issues and concerns, as more and more of us and our children head for comfort in the area local pools. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has actually done that for us, through a national campaign that they have recently started, entitled ‘Pool Safely’:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today kicks-off the Pool Safely campaign (www.poolsafely.gov), a first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drownings and non-fatal submersions, and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. At a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex today, Olympic swimmers Jason Lezak and Janet Evans joined Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC; U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); and Nancy Baker, mother of Virginia Graeme Baker, to officially launch Pool Safely and release the CPSC’s annual submersion and entrapment reports.
Please note that the campaign is NOT just about pool drownings and submersions; it also focuses on “entrapments”. Entrapments should not be overlooked because sadly and tragically entrapments occur more frequently than one may think. An entrapment occurs when a child is literally stuck to the pool floor at or near a drain site, where the suction force is so great, that the child is unable to break free from the suction, thereby causing the child to drown. The statistics speak for themselves within this year’s memorandum drafted by the CPSC.
The campaign also details preventative measures for parents to take note of and remember, in addition to providing the tragic statistics regarding accidental child drownings:
The Pool Safely campaign will deliver an important and simple message: just adding an extra safety step in and around the water can make all the difference. Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many water safety measures as possible, including: barriers that completely surround the pool with self-closing, self-latching gates; staying close, being alert, and watching children at the pool; learning and practicing water safety skills (knowing how to swim and perform CPR); and having the appropriate equipment (compliant drain covers, alarms, barriers and sensors).
We encourage our readers to review all of the links within this article. We sincerely want you to be better aware and prepared as we go through a summer of intense heat. It looks as if the heat is here to stay for awhile, and pools can be a great source of fun relief, if the proper safety precautions are followed.