Drownings are the number one cause of accidental death for young children. But YOU can take simple steps to save lives.
The City of Rancho Cordova is an official Pool Safety partner with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Pool Safely campaign was founded by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act). The act takes its name from Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven-year-old girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain.
Here are ways you can ensure safety of children when they’re in and around the water.
- Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
- Teach children how to swim.
- Teach children to stay away from drains.
- Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers.
- Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
- Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
- Spend one minute taking the Pool Safely pledge at www.poolsafely.gov/pledge. Adults pledge to follow the safety steps noted above, and kids pledge to follow steps such as never swimming alone and to stay away from drains.
- Download the new Pool Safely app “The Adventures of Splish and Splash” and help your child learn what to do (and not to do) in and around pools and spas. The app is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
Visit the Pool Safely website at www.poolsafely.gov or contact the City’s Building & Safety Division at (916) 851-8760.