Pool Safely's First Splash!

May 25, 2012 by John Oliver

Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.

As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year's goal of providing water safety outreach and education to parents and caretakers everywhere.

Live #PoolSafely Twitter Chat

Yesterday we all engaged in a live Twitter chat using the #PoolSafely hashtag to spread safety tips and answer water safety questions. Here are some highlights from that conversation.

And even 15-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps got in on the action!

Pool Safely in 2012

A big focus in 2012 will be on educating the public about the need for swim training for minority populations. USA Swimming reports that 70% of African American and 62% of Hispanic children cannot swim. When you combine those scary statistics with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating African American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than white children, it becomes clear just how important Pool Safely's campaign is.

If you are interested in getting involved with this incredible cause visit www.PoolSafely.gov and be sure to check out the entire #PoolSafely Twitter Chat.

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