Release date: January 2, 2018
Release number: 18-075

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today  announces a 90-day solicitation seeking applications for a special Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP) offered to state and local governments. CPSC expects to award $1.1 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The Pool Safely grant program is a part of CPSC’s national effort to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority.

The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation that was authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) Florida. Congress passed the VGB Act, and President George W. Bush signed the measure into law, in December 2007. The PSGP seeks to provide state and local governments with assistance for education, training and enforcement of pool safety requirements.

“These grants provide critical support for state and local officials to educate consumers about   drowning and entrapment dangers and to enforce pool safety laws in their communities,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. “During this 10-year anniversary of the VGB Act, we are recognizing the important role of the VGB grant program in helping to reduce the  number of drowning and drain entrapment incidents. These funds will assist state and local programs to continue this lifesaving work to reduce such tragedies.”

Applicants must be a state or local government or U.S. Territory that has an enacted or amended state and/or local law(s) that meet the requirements in Sections 1405 and 1406 of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (15 U.S.C.  §§ 8004 and 8005). 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the solicitation on Grants.gov, under grant opportunity CPSC-18-001. Applications will be accepted through April 2, 2018.

CPSC’s website: www.PoolSafely.gov, has supplemental information about the Pool Safely Grant Program and the VGB Act.  PoolSafely.gov has a broad range of free, downloadable information for the general public, state and local officials, the swimming pool and spa community and the media. 

The requirements of this child safety law will help to reduce the risk of drowning. The requirements include installing new safety drain covers and physical barriers, such as a fence completely surrounding the pool with self-closing, self-latching gates, and, if the house forms a side of the barrier, using alarms on doors leading to the pool area and/or a power safety cover over the pool.  See additional pool safety tips at: www.PoolSafely.gov.
 

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Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Sling Carrier Task Group

Jan
08
2018
Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Sling Carrier Task Group
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
1/8/18 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Baby/Toddler
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2018-01-08 13:00:00 2018-01-08 14:00:00 America/New_York Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Sling Carrier Task Group

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the sling carrier task group to discuss warnings statements; 1:00 p.m. to  2:00 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the sling carrier task group to discuss warnings statements; 1:00 p.m. to  2:00 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Soft Infant and Toddler Carrier Task Group

Jan
18
2018
Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Soft Infant and Toddler Carrier Task Group
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EST
1/18/18 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Baby/Toddler
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2018-01-18 14:30:00 2018-01-18 15:30:00 America/New_York Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the Soft Infant and Toddler Carrier Task Group

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the soft infant and toddler carrier task group to discuss nursing in carriers; 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

Rockville, MD

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the soft infant and toddler carrier task group to discuss nursing in carriers; 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Bassinet Stability

Jan
03
2018
Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Bassinet Stability
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
1/3/18 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Baby/Toddler
Category:
Status:
2018-01-03 13:00:00 2018-01-03 14:00:00 America/New_York Hope Nesteruk and Other CPSC Staff Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Bassinet Stability

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the ASTM F15 task group to discuss low to the ground bassinet stability; 1:00 p.m. to 2:00  p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Hope Nesteruk, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the ASTM F15 task group to discuss low to the ground bassinet stability; 1:00 p.m. to 2:00  p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/27/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Hope Nesteruk and Celestine Kish Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Play Yards

Jan
16
2018
Hope Nesteruk and Celestine Kish Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Play Yards
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
1/16/18 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Baby/Toddler
Category:
Status:
2018-01-16 14:00:00 2018-01-16 15:00:00 America/New_York Hope Nesteruk and Celestine Kish Participating in a Conference Call with the ASTM F15 Task Group on Play Yards

Hope Nesteruk and Celestine Kish, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the ASTM F15 task group for play yards to discuss potential testing requirements for mattress breathability; 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/22/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Hope Nesteruk and Celestine Kish, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, and other CPSC staff will be participating in a conference call with the ASTM F15 task group for play yards to discuss potential testing requirements for mattress breathability; 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This conference call was requested by ASTM. For additional information contact Hope Nesteruk at hnesteruk@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/22/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Scott Ayers Attending the Carbon Monoxide Alliance Teleconference

Feb
15
2018
Scott Ayers Attending the Carbon Monoxide Alliance Teleconference
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
2/15/18 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Other
Category:
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2018-02-15 10:00:00 2018-02-15 12:00:00 America/New_York Scott Ayers Attending the Carbon Monoxide Alliance Teleconference

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the Carbon Monoxide Alliance teleconference from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the Carbon Monoxide Alliance teleconference from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on Flame Mitigations Devices on Gasoline Containers

Jan
11
2018
Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on Flame Mitigations Devices on Gasoline Containers
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
1/11/18 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Fire
Category:
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2018-01-11 10:00:00 2018-01-11 12:00:00 America/New_York Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on Flame Mitigations Devices on Gasoline Containers

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the ASTM F15.10 teleconference on flame mitigation devices on gasoline containers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the ASTM F15.10 teleconference on flame mitigation devices on gasoline containers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

 

Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on F852 Gasoline Container Standard

Jan
04
2018
Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on F852 Gasoline Container Standard
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
1/4/18 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Fire
Category:
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2018-01-04 10:00:00 2018-01-04 12:00:00 America/New_York Scott Ayers Attending the ASTM F15.10 Teleconference on F852 Gasoline Container Standard

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the ASTM F15.10 teleconference on F852, the gasoline container standard from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/21/17.  (S)

 

Rockville, MD

Scott Ayers, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will attend the ASTM F15.10 teleconference on F852, the gasoline container standard from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.  For more information on this meeting, please contact Scott Ayers (sayers@cpsc.gov).  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/21/17.  (S)

 

Kevin Lee Participating in ASTM F15 Phone Conference Meeting on Child Cabinet and Appliance Locks

Jan
04
2018
Kevin Lee Participating in ASTM F15 Phone Conference Meeting on Child Cabinet and Appliance Locks
10:00 am to 11:00 am EST
1/4/18 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST
Rockville, MD
Topic: Baby/Toddler
Category:
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2018-01-04 10:00:00 2018-01-04 11:00:00 America/New_York Kevin Lee Participating in ASTM F15 Phone Conference Meeting on Child Cabinet and Appliance Locks

Kevin Lee, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will be participating in ASTM F15 meeting to develop performance requirements for child cabinet and appliance locks over a phone conference; 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4490. Attendee access code: 487 323 71.  For additional information contact Kevin Lee klee@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)

Rockville, MD

Kevin Lee, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, will be participating in ASTM F15 meeting to develop performance requirements for child cabinet and appliance locks over a phone conference; 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4490. Attendee access code: 487 323 71.  For additional information contact Kevin Lee klee@cpsc.gov.  Transmitted to the Office of the Secretary 12/21/17.  Posted in the Public Calendar 12/27/17.  (S)