Memorial Day is just days away, and pools all over Maryland and the DC area will open this weekend, welcoming families for a summer of fun. Sadly, each summer, many children die or are seriously injured in drowning incidents that are nearly always preventable. DSFederal client the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has long worked to educate families about water safety and drowning danger, and this summer, CPSC welcomes Maryland native and Olympic great Michael Phelps as a "Pool Safely" campaign partner.
On May 20, Mr. Phelps joined CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic at a Chicago Boys & Girls Club event, where he signed the Pool Safely pledge and announced his collaboration with the CPSC campaign. Like CPSC, the Michael Phelps Foundation has long supported efforts to increase awareness of water safety, especially in underserved communities. As the MPF website notes, the rate of youth drowning in ethnically diverse communities is much higher than the national average, and through its IM Program, the Foundation provides water skills instruction for children at Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs throughout the U.S.
In addition to the Pledge, the Pool Safely website also offers free resources and educational materials, including Portable Pool Tips cards and Water Watcher badges for adults supervising young swimmers. With summer fast approaching, CPSC and the Michael Phelps Foundation urge families to learn and apply lifesaving water safety principles, including teaching children to swim, supervising them in the water, and securing pool facilities. By signing--and adhering to--the Pool Safely Pledge, children and families can enjoy a fun and safe summer in the water.