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Feature Story

May 2013

NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices to Promote Water Safety, Drowning Prevention

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance announced a new program that aims to provide best practice guidelines for class "C" aquatic facilities. The NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices will promote water safety and drowning prevention.

The program was conceived and developed with input from Clarion Safety Systems, The Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) and Lifesaving Resources LLC.

The Seal of Safer Pool Practices program provides safety guidelines for aquatic facilities, following the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation's model for reducing drowning incidents. Class "C" aquatic facilities include: hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, homeowner associates, waterparks, colleges and universities, and multi-family property owned pools. The program is meant to help reduce the risks a liabilities associated with water-related incidents, as well as reducing resulting costs to facilities.

The Seal of Safer Pool Practices includes a comprehensive checklist including seven key objectives and more than 30 benchmarked guidelines based in national safety standards for this type of facility.

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