Join Us the Week of July 28-August 3 for Pool Safely Week 2013!

Mid-summer is a great time to remind American families who are cooling off at pools and water parks that part of having fun in and around the water means taking vital safety steps to make sure children and family members do not drown.

As part of the Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign,  Pool Safely Week serves as a reminder to encourage all Americans to pool safely every day.  CPSC invites you to join us by hosting a safety event during Pool Safely Week 2013, July 28 – August 3, 2013.

Pool Safely Week is an opportunity for water parks, municipal swimming pools, and other indoor or outdoor aquatic facilities to demonstrate their support for this lifesaving campaign. By designating a day during Pool Safely Week to hold an event, you will be taking part in a national call to action to reinforce the message that pool and spa safety is imperative every day across the country.

To have your support counted as a Pool Safely Week 2013 event, simply plan to participate by conducting any one or more of the following activities during the week of July 28-August 3, 2013:

  1. Host an event or activity at your facility to share water safety information, including swim lessons for parents and children. You can contact your local Red Cross chapter or lifeguarding organization to schedule a CPR or water safety demonstration for kids and their caregivers at your facility.
  2. Have your city or town issue a proclamation declaring one day during the week Pool Safely Day – a template proclamation is available upon request by contacting poolsafely@widmeyer.com.
  3. Incorporate Pool Safely messages or materials into water safety-themed events that your organization is already conducting during that week.
  4. Display Pool Safely posters in a public area of your aquatic facility and/or provide Pool Safely materials to visitors to your facility – order a Pool Safely materials packet by contacting poolsafely@widmeyer.com.
  5. Partner with a local fire department or other public safety organization to set up a voluntary backyard safety check day to visit residential pools in your community and share water safety tips for in-ground and above ground pools.

Once you have determined how you’re going to participate this year, register your participation by simply sending an email to poolsafely@widmeyer.com with a brief description of what you’re doing and contact information for our follow-up.

After confirming your plans, promote your involvement in Pool Safely Week 2013 through any – or all – of the following activities:

  • Reach out to multicultural or children’s advocacy organizations in your community to partner with you on your Pool Safely Week activities: African-American and Hispanic children younger than 14 and infants and children from 1-4 are at the greatest risk of drowning and the Pool Safely campaign is increasing our efforts to share lifesaving simple steps with these communities.
  • Follow @poolsafely on Twitter, retweet our water safety messages, and use the #PSWeek hashtag when tweeting about your pool and spa safety events during that week.
  • Embed Pool Safely educational videos and public service announcements (available at www.youtube.com/poolsafely) on your website.
  • Post Pool Safely online assets such as the Adventures of Splish and Splash or the online educational activity (available at www.poolsafely.gov) on your website.
  • Write and place an op-ed about pool safety in your local newspaper (you can ask us for help).
  • Distribute a press release about your facility’s participation in Pool Safely Week to your local media outlets – a template press release is available from poolsafely@widmeyer.com.

Please help us raise public awareness about water safety and drowning prevention by encouraging every American to pool safely every day. To learn more about Pool Safely Week 2013 or about the campaign please contact Julia Gotwald at (202) 667-0901.

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