Free Pool Safety Evaluations Promise to Increase Awareness During Baby Safety Month in September

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With September being Baby Safety Month, Life Saver Systems, Inc. has dispatched a team of pool safety pros around the country to give free pool safety evaluations to parents with children.

As part of Baby Safety Month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers about in-home drowning hazards. Among unintentional injuries, drowning has been the second leading cause of death to children under age 5, after motor vehicle incidents. In 2002, an estimated 1,600 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries. Many of these deaths and injuries occur in residential pools.

“That so many young children drown each year is devastating,” said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. “Each of these deaths is not only the pointless end of a promising life, but an overwhelming grief for the family that goes on for years and years. As a father, I cannot imagine having to endure the pain of such a loss.”

An average of about 240 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year. The CPSC recommends 4’ high barriers between the home and the pool to prevent toddlers’ access. Life Saver Systems, Inc., a national pool safety fence manufacturer, has enlisted pool safety experts throughout the area and is donating free pool safety evaluations to any family with at least one child under 5 and a residential swimming pool. “Many times, parents are not completely aware of all the available options for keeping the pool safe,” said Eric Lupton, Vice President of Life Saver. “With personalized education, parents can make informed decisions about their child’s safety.”

The free pool safety evaluations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout September and October. To inquire about having a pool safety expert come to your home for an evaluation, please call 1-800-282-3836.

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