Dept. of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Proclaims Pool Safety Week

Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Gov. Jim Doyle has proclaimed the week of May 23-29 as
Pool Safety Week in Wisconsin to highlight the need for safe practices in
and around Wisconsin’s many public swimming pools and water attractions.

“Wisconsin enjoys wonderful resources for water recreation,” Gov.
Doyle said. “This year, let’s make sure our children have close adult
supervision to keep them safe while they’re playing in or around water.”

National research has shown that in 77 percent of child drownings,
the child was out of sight for five minutes or less. Gov. Doyle noted that
public swimming facilities play a significant role in summer recreation in
Wisconsin with more than 3,000 licensed public swimming pools and spas in
the state, making pool safety an important issue.

The departments of Commerce and Health and Family Services have developed a
brochure to increase awareness of pool safety. The brochure is available at
local health departments and to members of the pool and lodging industries.
The brochure also can be found at the Department of Commerce Safety and
Building Division Web site at: