Howard's Hope expands to help educate about pool safety

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Howard's Hope, which was founded in the Murfreesboro area, has announced that it has accepted an offer from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to join the government's Pool Safely campaign. Howard's Hope joins as a Campaign Safety Partner (CSP), the highest level available to participating organizations.

To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments.

The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.

Pool Safely carries out the provisions of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation mandating new requirements for public pools and spas, including a public information campaign. The P&SS Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on December 19, 2007. Designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazards of drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas, the law became effective on December 19, 2008.

Howard's Hope looks forward to assisting the Pool Safely campaign in promoting aquatic safety for children and focusing on programs that are effective in preventing juvenile drownings.

For more information on Howard's Hope and its programs offering free swim lessons to needy children in Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Shelbyville, and Tullahoma, visit www.howardshope.org.

For more information on the Consumer Product Safe Commission's Pool Safely campaign, visit www.poolsafely.gov.

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