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Indoors or Out, Keep Pool Safety in Mind

While the summer swimming season is behind us, many communities across the country still have their doors open to those looking to cool off in water parks and hotel, motel and public pools. Now is not the time to let our guard down.

Our Pool Safely education campaign is off to a strong start. Many of you have seen our nationally broadcast public service announcements and our kids education program. If not, I encourage you to watch them and share them with your friends and family.

We are now focused on ensuring that families everywhere know how to be safe around the water year-round – particularly at indoor water parks and aquatic facilities. I strongly urge parents and children to continue to remain vigilant around the water.

Today, CPSC Commissioner Anne Northup and I are marking Pool Safely Day with a series of activities around the country. I am in St. Paul, Minn., at the Great River Water Park, where they are handing out Pool Safely materials and teaching visitors about the simple steps that save lives. Similarly, Commissioner Northup is at an indoor pool in Washington, D.C., to remind us all that water safety steps don’t end once northern outdoor pools close for the cold.

Nearly 400 child drownings and non-fatal incidents have occurred since Memorial Day weekend. More than a third of the drownings and incidents were in the warm-weather states of California, Florida, Arizona and Texas.

As we head into the fall months, water safety remains a priority for CPSC. Whether you’re enjoying the water indoors or out, we at CPSC remind you to put safety first. Remember to take that extra water safety step – whether it is watching and staying close to your child at the pool or ensuring that compliant drain covers are being used – to protect your child.

Visit PoolSafely.gov today.

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