Partner Spotlight: Interview with Connie Harvey, Director, Aquatics Centennial Initiatives, American Red Cross

Tell me a little bit about your organization and how long have you been a Pool Safely campaign partner? The American Red Cross has been the gold standard in lifesaving, water safety and swimming instruction since 1914. That’s when the Red Cross added the work of reducing drowning to its mission because of the rising death tolls. Led by Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow, the Red Cross developed the first nationwide water safety program that included the first trained lifeguards, a volunteer corps of swimming instructors and a public education campaign to raise water safety awareness. The Commodore spread the word with talks…

Splash into summer with 6 essential pool safety tips

Is there anything better than spending the sizzling dog days of summer splashing in a pool? Whether at your home, a friend’s house or a community center, swimming is a wonderful way for families to bond and make the most of the hot weather, but it’s important not to let the fun overshadow important water safety guidelines. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4-years-old. 

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Learn how to protect you and your loved ones during a thunderstorm. Being outside when lightning is present is not something to take lightly—ever.  The weather forecast calls for a slight chance of thunderstorms, but you can only see a few fluffy white clouds overhead. So you and your tennis partner grab your racquets and balls and head for the tennis court. You spend a few minutes warming up and then—wait! Is that thunder you hear? Was that a lightning flash?

10 Ways to Stay Safe at the Water Park

Water parks across the country are the hot spots for people to cool off and beat the heat in the summer. All these water attractions, cooling sprays, waves, and wild rides are great fun, but it’s important to stay safe when you’re visiting a water park. So, before you head off to your local water park, make sure to read over our 10 ways to stay safe.