June 27, 2017
Dear Pool and Spa Safety Community,
It’s nearly time for families across the country to gather at pools during the upcoming Independence Day weekend. The Pool Safely campaign wants to remind parents and children to follow simple steps to stay safer when spending time in or near the water during the holiday.
Reports from the USA Swimming Foundation indicate that at least 87 children younger than 15 have fatally drowned in a swimming pool or spa from January 1 through May 31 of this year, and on average, 17 children drown during the July 4th week. So, if families follow a few simple steps, we can prevent fatal drownings during the Fourth of July holiday week.
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
The Pool Safely Campaign joined the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission Department of Parks & Recreation and former Olympic swimmer Maddy Crippen at a pool in Seat Pleasant, Maryland on Thursday, June 22 to participate in the 2017 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
Marietta Robinson, Commissioner for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, gave a poolside chat ahead of the swimming lesson and encouraged participants to follow simple water safety steps while at the pool this summer and led them in taking the Pool Safely Pledge. More than 100 kids from Prince George’s County, Maryland participated in the event and gained the lifelong skill of learning how to swim. You can see more photos from the event on our Flickr page!
New Pool Safely Partners
The campaign would like to welcome 21 new organizations that partnered with Pool Safely this month:
- Aqua Green S.A.
- Eric Ratinoff Law
- Float Like a Duck, Paragon Pools Water Safety Initiative
- Foster Fins
- IXP Corporation
- Justine Lee Pesicka Memorial Foundation
- Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe
- Mayor Law, LLC
- McCormick & Murphy
- Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP
- Personal Injury Lawyers San Diego
- Prairie Life Fitness
- Ramaker & Associates
- Rasansky Law Firm
- Ronald J. Bua & Associates
- Safe Kids Mahoning Valley
- Safe Kids St. Louis
- Splash Medics
- Stevens & McMillan
- The Krist Law Firm
Summer swim season is in full swing, and many of our partners have taken this opportunity to remind their communities about important water safety steps they can take to stay safer around the water:
- The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals met with members of the Pool Safely team at CPSC’s headquarters to discuss water safety (photo: top left).
- The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition in Collier County held numerous water safety events in Florida, including events with the Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities. The Coalition’s work to spread water safety information also received a shout out in the Naples Daily News (photo: top center).
- The City of St. Louis Department of Health distributed Pool Safely information and had members of the community take the Pool Safely Pledge at a local pool opening (photo: top right).
- Olympic swimmers Cullen Jones and Rowdy Gaines joined Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash event in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida to teach kids about the importance of learning how to swim (photo: bottom left).
- Splash Medics taught kids about water safety through a number of events in Riverside County, California. All kids pledged to be safer around the water, and older kids received CPR training (photo: bottom center).
- Abbey’s Hope educated kids and parents about water safety at a Safety Safari at the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. (photo: bottom right).
- Black Kids Swim launched a new campaign, in collaboration with Olympic swimmer Maritza McClendon and the YMCA, to get more African-American kids involved with the sport of swimming. Learn more in an article from Aquatics International.
- British Swim School published a list of ten water safety tips for families on Hulafrog.
- CPR Party™ highlighted Pool Safely resources in a recent article published by Everyday Family.
- Family Swim School set up a display in its lobby to collect Pool Safely Pledge cards from adults and kids.
- Safe Swim NC distributed Pool Safely Water Watcher cards in its community. Watch a slideshow of families with their new Water Watcher cards here.
- Safe Kids Mahoning Valley Injury Prevention Coalition Coordinator Stephanie Weigel shared Pool Safely information in a WFMJ segment about summer safety.
- USA Swimming Foundation, YMCA and Stop Drowning Now contributed to an article published by U.S. News & World Report about the importance of learning how to swim.
- Walmart published a Water Safety 101 article from CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle in its Walmart One publication.
We are grateful for all Pool Safely partners who are using campaign messaging to educate communities across the country about the simple steps that they can take to help stop drowning. Also, a reminder to our partners to please continue to let us know about your water safety efforts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help promote them!
Swim Season 2017 Partner Toolkit
Pool Safely circulated the 2017 Summer Swim Season Partner Toolkit to partners this month and added it to PoolSafely.gov. You can find it on the partners page, and also in the materials catalog. The toolkit includes drowning prevention messaging, sample social media posts and more. Partners are welcome to use these tips and posts their own communications and marketing efforts throughout the year. Please take a look and use our resources as your own this summer (and beyond).
Mark Your Calendars
July 17-23, 2017: Now that summer is in full swing, we invite you to participate in the fourth annual Pool Safely Pledge Week. During the week, you can take part in a variety of activities to help raise awareness about water safety and encourage people in your network to take the Pledge. This week you, your family, friends, and colleagues can join the more than 50,000 others, including members of Congress, U.S. Olympians and celebrities, who have made a commitment to water safety by signing the Pledge.
July 26-29, 2017: Be sure to register for longtime Pool Safely partner Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Conference, “Prevcon,” in Baltimore, Maryland. Injury prevention and health practitioners from across the country and around the world are convening to learn and share new methods to keep children and families safer.
Looking for some summer reading? Check out the latest posts on the Pool Safely blog:
– Pool Safely kicked off summer swim season with Michael Phelps! Check out the blog post for behind-the-scenes photos and video of the exciting event.
– Learn about The ZAC Foundation and the ABC&D’s of water safety in our interview with their executive director, Megan Ferraro.
– Read about the moms, dads, sisters and brothers who are united by the tragedy of drowning and what they are doing to ensure #NotOneMore child drowns.
If you would like to be a featured partner on the Pool Safely blog, please email email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support.