Protect Swimmers 10 Million (PS10M)
DuPage County Health Department's Protect Swimmers 10M Community Awareness Initiative is grant-funded through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely Grant Program. Our agency received our third two-year grant in 2023 to prevent child drowning through enforcement and education activities.
Stories From Our Community
We are collecting personal stories relating to child drowning and suction entrapment to illustrate the magnitude of unintentional drowning in our region. Stories may be submitted by survivors, parents, siblings, relatives, or friends of victims of drowning, rescuers, emergency responders, medical professionals, aquatics professionals, and other water safety professionals or advocates. Each author will mark their story as, 'public' or 'private'. All stories will be reviewed by our team. A portion of 'public' stories will be selected for an awareness campaign. Stories will not be shared without the author's granted permission.
Please fill out this form to share your story.
Professional Enforcement Training Resources
DCHD’s Best Practices for Compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA):
In 2021, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 (2017), the American Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFAs), was updated. APSP-16 (2017) establishes materials, testing, use, installation, and marking requirements for SOFAs in public swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. VGBA compliance is required for Illinois’ public swimming pools and spas per Illinois Administrative Code Part 820 - Swimming Facility Code.
Below, you will find DCHD’s 2023 Best Practices for Compliance with the VGBA training presentation. This 45-minute training presentation features important updates to ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 (2017) relating to physical testing requirements, new definitions, and new labeling requirements for SOFAs (also called drain covers or outlet covers).
The intended audience for the 2023 training is swimming pool owners and operators, swimming facility maintenance and installation personnel, swimming facility or pool managers, enforcement personnel, or aquatics personnel.
After reviewing the training presentation in full, please complete the 2023 Training Quiz to access a Certificate of Completion.
- Take the VGB Best Practices training quiz and obtain your certificate of completion here.
In 2019, we released a two-part video training focused on ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 (2011) American Standard for Suction Fittings. These videos are maintained on this website for historical reference. Please refer to the 2023 training for ANSI/APSP/ICC-17 updated compliance requirements.
Awareness Campaign Materials
The DuPage County Health Department has collaborated with 4ANNA Foundation to raise awareness of drowning prevention. To download the complete campaign guide click here.
The DuPage County Health Department has collaborated with two-time Olympic swimmer, Cammile Adams, to create a PSA promoting Pool Safely.
Water Safety Education Resources
- Resources for Pool Owners
- Resources for Community Members and Aquatics Professionals
Last Updated: 9/21/2023