The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has recently announced a collaboration with the Michael Phelps Foundation, joining more than 1000 Pool Safely partners together to inform individuals and families nationwide about the importance of being safer in and around the water.
Michael Phelps, the World’s most decorated Olympian, and greatest swimmer in the history of the sport, with his Foundation, will help educate millions of Americans and their families about the simple water safety steps that can save lives. Phelps was quoted: “We are committed to helping people have a better understanding of how to be safer, yet still have fun, in and around the water.”
According to the CPSC, limiting access (to the water) is the most important element when it comes to preventing fatal and non-fatal drownings. Proper safety covers over a pool or spa can prevent children from gaining access to the water without an adult present. We would see a dramatic decline in the number of fatal and non-fatal drownings that occur each year in pools and spas, if owners and operators followed these Pool Safely Precautions:
- Install a 4-foot fence around the entire perimeter of the pool or spa.
- Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open out from the pool, and ask neighbors to do the same, if they have pools or spas.
- Pool alarms provide an extra layer of protection by sounding an alert when someone goes in the water.
- If your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around a pool, install and use a door or pool alarm.
- Make sure pool and spa covers are in good working order when the pool or spa is not in use.
- Make sure the control devices are kept out of the reach of children.
- If you have a portable pool, be sure to fence it, cover it or empty it, and store it away when not in use.
- If you have an above ground pool, secure, lock or remove the ladder when the pool is not in use, or surround it with a barrier.
The CPSC adds, “You should also ask your local authorities if there are additional requirements for pool and spa owners in your local or state codes.” It is important to remember that barriers are just one layer of protection to prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings. Never leave a child unattended in or near the water, and always designate an adult Water Watcher children are in the pool or spa.
Content Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pool Safely