WASHINGTON – Pool Safely, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) national public education campaign to save lives in pools and spas, today announced that it has renewed agreements with prominent national Campaign Safety Partners (CSPs) to support its mission through the 2015 swim season.
The campaign provides information and materials for partners to distribute to their networks and incorporate into their existing public safety outreach programs. Pool Safely also participates in media, online and community activities with partners.
“Our partners are essential to the Pool Safely campaign to prevent child drownings and drain entrapments,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “We’re proud to collaborate with these organizations and we value their work in communities across the nation to help everyone – especially young children – be safer in and around the water.”
Since the campaign’s inception in 2010, partners have been a critical part of Pool Safely’s effort to increase awareness of water safety and drowning/drain entrapment prevention nationwide. CSPs are typically national organizations with established networks and a proven track record managing health and safety campaigns. In anticipation of the 2015 swim season, CPSC renewed its agreements with 18 groups, seven of which (in bold) have been partners since the campaign began:
• Abbey’s Hope
• Abby Grace’s Hope
• American Red Cross
• Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
• Colin’s Hope
• Education Development Center, Inc., Children’s Safety Network
• Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation
• The Josh Project
• National Aquatic Safety Company
• National Drowning Prevention Alliance
• National Swimming Pool Foundation
• Safe Kids Worldwide
• Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation
• United States Swim School Association
• USA Swimming Foundation
• West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
• World Waterpark Association
• YMCA of the USA
Pool Safely CSPs also have played an integral role in the success of the campaign’s Pool Safely Pledge, a commitment to water safety steps for every adult and child in America. Launched in May 2014, Chairman Kaye challenged Pool Safely partners to take and share the Pledge with their members and communities. Partners have accepted the challenge by helping the campaign generate more than 4,000 Pledge signatures from across the United States in only five months.