The founder of CPRParty, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free CPR training, has a request for the new administration: Provide basic swim lessons to citizens, and give tax credits to companies providing resources to make people water-safe.
Laura Metro is urging the public to share an open letter to President Trump, which she has posted publicly on Facebook. In the letter, she also discusses her personal connection to the cause. Metro's own son was involved in a non-fatal drowning incident.
Metro proposes that one way to reduce drowning incidents is to give pool and spa professionals incentive to build and upgrade pools that comply with the International Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC). She also would like all 50 states to adopt the ISPSC code for residential pools.
"If we arm pool and spa professionals with the correct tools and incentives to build new pools to code and upgrade existing pools, we will save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in medical costs," she said.
She also cites the need for increased training in CPR, saying the typical medical costs for a non-fatal drowning victim are $75,000 for emergency room treatment. Metro believes that, in addition to funding non-profits, tax credits should be given to companies providing float and swim lessons as well as CPR training.
Metro hopes to persuade the administration by citing statistics and encouraging people to do the same. According to information supplied by CPRParty, the cost of drowning among children ages 14 and under is $6.2 billion, and not having a bystander trained in CPR substantially increases the potential for long-term brain damage or death.
She quoted the President's inauguration speech, "The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you it can't be done." Metro asks him to apply these words to her organization's cause.