As the official start of summer begins this weekend, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) is encouraging parents to review pool safety tips before taking the family swimming.
"As we head into Memorial Day weekend and families get ready to take their kids to the pool, we must remember how important it is to keep a careful watch on our children as they swim and ensure that their pools and spas have proper safety equipment," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz, "Parents and families can find helpful pool safety tips at http://poolsafely.gov."
Rep. Wasserman Schultz has been involved in drowning prevention and pool and spa safety throughout her career and worked hard to pass her legislation, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which was signed into law in December 2007. This was the first federal pool and spa safety legislation signed into law in our nation's history, requiring all public pools and spas to have safety drain covers, and in certain circumstances, an anti-entrapment system. The goal of the law is to improve the safety of all pools and spas by increasing the use of layers of protection and promoting uninterrupted supervision to prevent child drowning and entrapment.