Nadina Riggsbee

Founder, CEO, Drowning Prevention Foundation
Member, CIPN-BA

County: Alameda/Contra Costa
Additional Affiliations: Chair of the Drowning Prevention Committee of California's Children's Health and Safety Coalition; Chair, Advisory Council of National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Area(s) of Interest: Drowning Prevention

Nadina founded the Drowning Prevention Foundation (DPF), a non-profit agency which works to create awareness and advocate for policy change to prevent childhood drowning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been a valuable partner with DPF in advocating four-sided fencing for residential swimming pools. Nadina’s foundation was a sponsor of California's 1996 Swimming Pool Act, which requires that all home swimming pools built in or after 1998 comply with safety standards for swimming pool enclosures, safety pool covers, or exit alarms. Nadina has produced educational brochures for pediatricians' offices, preschools, and libraries. Every year, she has advocated for the California's governor to proclaim May as Drowning Prevention Month. For the past 13 years, Safeway grocery stores nationally have put drowning prevention messages on their paper bags for that month. Nadina's advocacy goes beyond pool drowning to spas, bathtubs, barrels, 5-gallon pails—any place where water can cover the child’s nose and mouth. She is concerned about the use of bathtub ring devices for young children. In July 2000, her foundation submitted a petition to CPSC to have these devices removed from the market. She has testified as an expert witness in drowning cases. She serves on many committees. She assists other jurisdictions "as needed" as an advocate for fencing ordinances, meeting with building code officials, and helping to implement local educational programs.

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