Keep your family safe this summer and enjoy the fun that water activities bring.
Stay Safe in the Water!
For Parents and Families
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the 6th leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the 2nd leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years. Here are the top 10 water safety tips to stay safe in the water – public and private pools, portable pools, and open bodies of water.
Top 10 General Water Safety Tips
Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)
RWIs are caused by germs spread through contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, water play areas, hot tubs, interactive water fountains, and open bodies of water (e.g., oceans, lakes, and rivers). RWIs include a variety of infections including gastrointestinal, skin, respiratory, and eye infections. The most common RWI is diarrhea. Learn the basic facts of RWIs to protect yourself and your family and help to prevent the spread of germs.
For Commercial Pool Operators
Steps to ensure pool safety
Drain Cover Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of approximately 1 million pool and in-ground spa drain covers. The recalled drain covers were sold after December 18, 2008 and will either have the VGB 2008 or ASME logo. The pools and spas subject to this recall include: all wading/kiddie pools (maximum depth of 18-24 inches and intended specifically for use by small children); all in-ground spa pools (permanent, non-factory built hydrotherapy unit); and single drain pools.
Please note: CPSC states that it is the responsibility of the property owner/owner to eliminate current safety risk. CPSC recommends that property owners and operators contact the drain cover manufacturer or pool or drain cover professional to assess the situation and assist with replacement of recalled drain covers or retrofit if necessary. For additional information, contact the Drain Cover Recall Hotline toll-free at (866) 478-3521 any time or visit the Drain Cover recall website at http://www.apsp.org/Public/Safety/DrainCoverRecall/index.cfm?parentObject=&SAVersion=401&ndrx=99.
A Health License is required for new swimming pools or whenever there is a change of ownership and the license must be renewed annually. Click here for application.