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Consumer Product Safety Commission Launches National
"Pool Safely" Campaign at the International Swimming Hall of Fame

FORT LAUDERDALE, May 24, 2010 - Olympic greats Janet Evans and Jason Lezak came back to Fort Lauderdale’s International Swimming Hall of Fame to help the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launch its "Pool Safely" campaign.

The CPSC’s campaign will provide information and education called for in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation signed into law in 2007 mandating new safety equipment requirements for public pool and spas. The national campaign will raise public awareness about drowning and entrapment prevention, promote industry compliance, and improve safety at pools and spas.  The new anti-entrapment drain covers and other equipment protect children and all bathers against the dangers of suction entrapment from broken or loose drain covers. Seven-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker drowned when she became trapped on a broken drain cover in a hot tub in 2002.

In addition to Hall of Famer Evans and Olympic hero Lezak, Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the chief House sponsor of the Act and Nancy Baker, the mother of the Act’s namesake presented remarks at the press conference held on the deck of the Hall of Fame Pool.

For more information about the CPSC’s Pool Safety campaign, go to:

To see video of the comments from the speakers:

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

CPSC Chair Inez Tanenbaum

Nancy Baker

Janet Evans

Jason Lezak

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Recognized by FINA, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized governing body for the aquatic sports in 1968, its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. It accomplishes this through operation of the World Museum of Swimming, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers and people involved in life saving activities and education whose lives and accomplishments inspire, educate, and provide role models for people around the world. For more information visit http://www.ishof.org

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