Safety is an important part of our daily lives. That’s why being safety aware in places where we live, work and play is so important. Consider these facts:
- Companies who care for employees’ safety have more productive employees and higher retention rates, not to mention reduced injuries and lost work hours.
- People who conduct themselves safely and stay updated on safety standards enjoy fewer injuries and illnesses, as well as live longer, more fulfilling lives.
People tend to embrace safety as a standard practice in their daily actions. However, keeping safety top-of-mind can sometimes become so second nature that people forget to follow the most updated recommendations or adhere to the safest standards.
That’s why two important May celebrations are worth engaging. The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance is proud to support the International Code Council’s National Building Safety Month where Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World is the theme. The month-long campaign emphasizes modern building codes and strong code compliance for building safety professionals. This month, they can learn about the importance of disaster preparedness, water safety, sustainability and innovation, as well as training the next generation.
May is also National Water Safety Month, a coalition between the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association, focuses on raising public awareness about the safe enjoyment of water. This includes safe swimming tips, proper pool rules and and other safe conduct recommendations people should follow in and around water. And all this begins with the pool being built to comply with safety requirements, which are found in the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code and includes things such as proper barriers and following the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act and ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 Suction Entrapment Standard.
Both campaigns provide a wealth of resources for the public to consume. The National Building Safety Month’s 2020 Campaign Toolkit provides virtual events, a social media guide and brochures. The National Water Safety Month’s 2020 Campaign Toolkit offers water safety tips, free resources, a safe swimmer’s pledge and more.
Promote National Building Safety Month and National Water Safety Month on social media with the following hashtags: #BuildingSafety365, #BeWaterAware, #NWSM2020, #Learn2Swim, and #DrowingIsPreventable.