Water Safety Program

Program Overview

Under the agency's jurisdiction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death, which include various types of consumer products. They are one group at the forefront of a national effort working to make drowning prevention a priority. In doing so, they launched a public safety campaign entitled "Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives." M-NCPPC has signed on to be a Campaign Safety Leader with the Pool Safely Campaign and we will be collaborating with this group in order to help disseminate messages and materials regarding water safety promotion and drowning prevention.
Logo reading Pool Safely, simple steps save lives in blue and orange letters
The campaign combines the efforts of a wide variety of partnering organizations, including water safety interest groups; pool and spa industry leaders; and, regulators of pools and spas (state and local). This campaign aims to educate parents and children learn to protect themselves in and around pools and spas by offering information regarding water safety. The Pool Safely campaign is part of CPSC's national information and education program associated with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Act. 

Water Safety Game

Parents and kids can play an interactive water safety game.

Simple Water Safety Steps Can Save Lives

Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible. Adding an extra safety step around the water can make all the difference. You can never know which safety step will save a life - until it does.

Stay Close, Be Alert & Watch

  • Always watch your children and never leave them unattended.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
  • Have a phone close by at all times.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.

Learn & Practice Water Safety Skills

  • Learn to swim.
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  • Understand the basics of life saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.

Have the Appropriate Equipment

  • Install a fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa at least four feet in height.
  • Use self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers.
  • Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area.
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in working order.
  • Have life-saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles available for use.

Pool Safely Pledge Information

We are pleased to announce today's launch of the Pool Safely Pledge, an online commitment to water safety that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is asking every adult and child in America to take this summer. The Pledge is designed to commit the American public to being safe in and around the water this year. It will serve as a visual reminder of the safety steps they should be using with their families every time they are near the water, as well as an opportunity for them to pass on these messages to their friends and family via social media.

Make sure your family stays safe this year. And, be sure to take the Pool Safely Pledge!