The Drowning Prevention Foundation (DPF) was the first 501(c)(3) dedicated to drowning prevention and continues to be the longest standing drowning prevention charitable organization in the world. DPF was founded in 1985 by Nadina Riggsbee after the tragic drowning of her two young children in the backyard swimming pool. Nadina turned her grief into advocacy and in 1984, the first swimming pool fencing law in the world was passed in Contra Costa County, California. In 1996, DPF was one of the leading sponsors of the California Swimming Pool Act, which requires that all home swimming pools built in or after 1998 comply with safety standards for swimming pool fences, safety pool covers, and pool and door alarms. Since then, DPF has helped pass numerous other drowning prevention laws across the country and has carried out several public education campaigns and water safety programs.
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