2012-07-27 / Community

Swim Strong Celebrates Pool Safety Week

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces its “Pool Safely” campaign in conjunction with Pool Safety Week. Swim Strong Foundation is joining efforts to encourage water safety and pool safety locally through its swim programs in Queens and Brooklyn. http://www.poolsafely.gov/partnerorganizations/ meet-our-partners/

According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest findings released earlier this summer, drowning is the #1 cause of death for children 1-4. It is the second leading cause of death in all youth under 14. Minority children 5-14 are three times more likely to die from drowning than Caucasian children. Meet Storm http://www.poolsafely.gov/ share-your-stories/Swim Strong Foundation is doing something about this. For the most part drowning IS preventable. All year long they provide low cost swim programs to NYC youth that teach swimming skills and water safety in an effort to eradicate drowning. This week, parents have been invited to get in the pool with their children for special, pool safety workshops.

If you or your child is not currently involved in a swim program, there are still steps they can take to make sure they practice pool safety:  Stay within an arm’s reach of your children at all times in and around the pool  Never swim without a lifeguard.  Assign a “Water Watcher”  Never swim alone  Take swim lessons at any age before regularly using a pool  Learn CPR  Don’t mix alcohol with swimming and pools  Know the depth of the water and don’t swim in deep water if you’re a beginner Join the celebration by following these tips during Pool Safety Week and all summer. If you would like to sign up for swim lessons please contact Shawn Slevin at shawn.slevin@theswimstrongfoundation.org.

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