National Water Safety Month Kicks Off Next Week

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National Water Safety Month (NWSM) begins next week on May 1, as aquatics industry leaders push for safer water practices to prevent drowning and water related injuries in the coming summer season.

In 2014, the awareness campaign received Governor’s Proclamations in all 50 states recognizing the vital importance of public education regarding safer practices for kids and adults in and around the water.

The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. The event will be celebrated by these organizations and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.

“Understanding the risks associated with being in and around the water and the steps parents and children should take — from learning to swim to learning CPR to knowing the five steps of water competency — is crucial. National Water Safety Month helps communicate this important message,” Nichole Steffens, said Aquatic Product Manager, American Red Cross.

“The safe use of pools, spas and other recreational water facilities is a priority for everyone, from companies that build and service pools, to facility management, to parents and individuals who enjoy the benefits of aquatic activities,” said APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. “The combined efforts of the four sponsoring organizations, along with assistance from other agencies serves to focus attention on the importance of water safety for all stakeholders, with residual value that will extend well beyond National Water Safety Month.”

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