Taking Pool Safety Seriously

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05/13/2021

Taking Pool Safety Seriously

May 15 marks International Water Safety Day and the midpoint of National Water Safety Month 

two asian little girls having fun to swim in swimming pool together

Sparkling-clean pool and spa water invites a healthy, active lifestyle and provides an opportunity to make memories with family and friends. In all that we do, Pentair strives to help pool owners create a fun and effortless experience for all who dive in.

As safety should always be a top priority, we are proud to sponsor the 2021 National Water Safety Month. This annual awareness campaign, taking place in May, is led by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the National Recreation & Park Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association. National Water Safety Month is a great opportunity to remind us all of the importance of following pool safety measures — whether at home or a community pool. To observe the month, we encourage everyone to review the organization’s water safety tips. Additionally, take the Pool Safety Pledge to ensure your family is safe by the water this pool season.

“Pentair is happy to be the program sponsor of National Water Safety Month again this year," said De’Mon Wiggins, Vice President – Pool Business Unit at Pentair. "At Pentair, we are dedicated to elevating the pool experience to the next level so people can soak in the magical, wonder-filled moments by the pool, but we recognize those moments aren't possible without the proper water safety measures in place. As an organization, we are committed to driving water safety awareness during National Water Safety Month and always."

As simple as it sounds, learning to swim is an important first step in pool safety. Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 4 years.1 In contrast, studies have shown that taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4 years. That’s why the PHTA developed its “Step Into Swim Campaign.” This 10-year initiative is dedicated to creating 1 million more swimmers, with a mission to decrease drownings, promote a healthier society, reduce healthcare costs and contribute to a thriving pool industry. The campaign also places an emphasis on bringing the life-saving skill of swimming to underserved populations and disadvantaged children. You can learn more about this important effort here.

With summer just around the corner, we hope you’ll celebrate National Water Safety Month with us by making your pool a fun and safe place for you and your loved ones.

1Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

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