Why are we featuring a swimming pool safety grant in January? Aside from the fact that the middle of winter is the perfect time to harbor warm summer thoughts, it is never too early to think about prevention. Even though the number of fatal child swimming pool drownings has gone down since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) started its Pool Safety education campaign in 2010, they still occur far too often. Even one tragedy is too many. The Commission is making available $1.1 million through its Pool Safety Grant Program (PSGP) for public awareness and enforcement of pool safety requirements to help save children from swimming pool drownings and death and injury from drain entrapments.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Pool Safety Grant Program
The purpose of this program is to promote child safety in pools and spas through education and enforcement. Funding may be used to:
- Hire and train personnel for implementation and enforcement of standards under state or local swimming pool and spa safety laws.
- Educate those in the pool industry, other related professionals, and members of the public about safety standards.
- Defray administrative costs associated with such training and education programs.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have in effect a state or local law that meets the requirements specified in Section 1406 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety and Spa Act and that they provide for enforcement of the law.
- Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths among children ages 1 through 4. Swimming pools are where they most frequently occur in that age range.
- For each juvenile drowning fatality, 5 more go to the emergency room for near-drownings, 50% will need further hospitalization or medical care.
- Health care costs can exceed $75,000 for emergency room visits to over $180,000 for long-term care for each patient.
- 3 out of 4 youth who drown are male. When fatal pool drownings are broken down by gender, age, and race, African American boys ages 1-17 and Caucasian boys ages 1- 4 are at highest risk.
- In 2016, states with the the highest number of pool fatalities in children under 15 were Texas, Florida, California, Arizona, and Georgia.
Applying for the PSGP Program
Eligible applicants are state and local governments, U.S. territories, schools and school districts. Matching is not required. Applicants must demonstrate that they have in effect a state or local law that meets the requirements specified in Section 1406 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety and Spa Act and that they provide for enforcement of the law. Apply by April 2, 2018.