Feb 052011

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis will be at the kickoff of the Walk for Water Safety at 8:30 this morning at the Fire Administration Building, 75 E. Civic Center Drive.

He will be joining volunteers who will be taking packets door to door during the day, to help educate our community about water safety. People interested in joining need only to show up at 8:30 for their neighborhood assignment.


The purpose of today’s walk is to drive home the message about the need to be vigilant when children are near water.

The Gilbert Fire Department is doing the same thing that their counterparts in Chandler, Queen Creek, Mesa, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Florence and Tempe are doing in cooperation with Banner Cardon Children’s Hospital for the fifth consecutive year.

In Gilbert, teams hope to visit 6,500 homes to hang life-saving literature on doors.


Gilbert had 10 drowning incidents in 2010. Two children already have drowned this year. Arizona has the nation’s second highest drowning rate.

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