If your summer plans involve a trip to the pool — whether with your family, friends or Scout unit — there’s something you need to take a minute to do.
This week (July 27 to Aug. 2, 2015) is Pool Safely Pledge Week, presented by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The pledges, including one for kids and one for adults, keep pool safety at the top of everyone’s mind this summer. Read the pledges below; just a minute could save a life.
Want to take this commitment to safety to the next level? The Pool Safely site has downloadable resources to help.
I, ________________, pledge to Pool Safely in 2015. I will never swim alone and will ask my parents to sign me up for swimming lessons. I will stay away from drains in the pool or hot tub. I will have fun and always follow these safety steps when I’m in and around the water.
Take the kid pledge here.
I pledge to Pool Safely in 2015.
- Designate a water watcher every single time children in my care are in or near the water.
- Make sure my kids know how to swim.
- As a parent or guardian, learn CPR.
- Always remove portable pool ladders when not in use.
- Ensure all permanent pools have a proper fence and gate and safer drain covers.
Take the adult pledge here.
Read what drowning really looks like (hint: it’s not what you think).
Hat tip: Thanks to the BSA’s Keith Christopher for the idea.