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Residential pool safety course reduces risk of injury

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Now that summer is here pool owners are likely to be spending more time in their backyard retreats. They also might be wondering how safe their pool or hot tub is for everyone using it. It is important to keep friends and family safe by creating a well-maintained residential pool environment.

The American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation have partnered to offer an online course to educate pool owners about how to create safer surroundings. They launched the home Pool Essentials Maintenance and Safety Course in the summer of 2009. It is an interactive learning experience that focuses on pool and hot tub maintenance, which aims to lessen the risk of injury, using safety equipment and preparing for and responding to aquatic emergencies.

The two-hour course is offered online at

http://www.homepoolessentials.org. The course fee of $19.95 provides six-month access to safety and maintenance resources.

“Each year, approximately 300 children in the United States under the age of five drown in pools and spas. Thousands more are hospitalized,” said Joe Craver, CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Every one of these incidents is preventable. That’s why the American Red Cross is proud to partner with the National Swimming Pool Foundation to offer this life-saving course in an effort to make those staggering statistics a distant memory.”

To receive a 10 percent discount on the Home Pool Essentials course, enter the discount code HPS2009 when registering at http://www.homepoolessentials.org.

For more information, visit http://www.sdarc.org or call (858) 309-1200.

 

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