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United States Senate Hearing Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (May 24, 2017) – Today the United States Senate is holding a hearing to recognize and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (the “VGB Act”). The VGB Act is the first federal legislation passed by Congress that addresses pool and spa safety. Since its passage, there has not been a single death from entrapment in the United States in a public pool. The VGB Act was signed into law by President George Bush on December 19, 2007, and became effective on December 19, 2008.
Become a Water Watchdog
Children can drown in seconds. Yes, even in pools where lifeguards are present. That’s why we’ve designed the Water Watchdog Program. The idea is simple. One adult wears the Watchdog Tag around bodies of water and follows the rules below. When the designated Water Watchdog needs to take a break, he or she hands off the tag, and the responsibility, to another adult.
In June 2007, six-year-old Abbey suffered a horrific injury. While playing in a public wading pool, Abbey unknowingly sat on a poorly maintained drain that was unequipped with the appropriate safety devices. The powerful suction eviscerated Abbey, ripping her small intestine from her body. Nine months of medical care followed, including 16 surgeries, multiple organ transplants, several infections and many, many nights spent in a hospital bed. Despite the best medical care, Abbey went peacefully with her family by her side in March 2008. In the hospital, Scott and Katey Taylor made a promise to Abbey – a promise to make sure this kind of injury never happens again. And so, with that goal in mind, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation was founded.