The goals and ideals of International Water Safety Day would be endorsed by the House of Representatives under a resolution introduced in Congress on Monday, Feb. 25. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) introduced H. Res. 79, which states that everyone should learn to swim and take water safety classes and that water safety instruction should be included in primary and secondary education. You can read the resolution at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.RES.79:.
The resolution would carry no force of law, however.
Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) cosponsored the measure, which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Read about International Water Safety Day at http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Water-Safety-Day/149088898494853.
The resolution notes that “water safety education and water safety awareness can help curve the number of drowning fatalities (and) formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4 years old.”
It notes that “drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 14 years of age.”