Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) kicked off its campaign effort to save lives of children swimming in our nation’s pools this summer.
The campaign, named Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives, focuses on the prevention of children drowning in pools, which the CPSC says is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five in this country. The CPSC also relates statistics which show that 70 percent of African Americans and 62 percent of Hispanic children can’t swim, making them especially vulnerable.
The Pool Safely website includes instructional videos and suggestions for families to keep their pools and equipment safe for swimming. Among the group attending the kickoff of the campaign in Florida was Wanda Butts, a mother who lost her son to drowning in 2006 , prompting her to form the Josh Project to help other children learn how to swim:
“After losing my son, I wanted to do something to help others, so other moms wouldn’t have to suffer from the loss of a child drowning.” Ms. Butts said. “Together, we can make a difference this summer and ensure that our kids pool safely.”