Jun 082012

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. モAugust is drowning impact awareness month, and Queen Creek firefighters want to remind residents of the ABCs of water safety: Adult supervision, Barriers between children and water, and Classes in CPR for adults and swim lessons for children.

Drowning is a top cause of injury-related death for children in Arizona, especially in the one- to five-year-old age group. Child drowning is preventable, but sometimes, little can be done for a child once he or she has fallen into the water. Drowning can be avoided by following these important and life saving rules:

  • Maintain constant adult supervision at all times.
  • Install barriers surrounding the pool. Fences should be five feet high and gates should be self-closing and self-latching.
  • Keep items that can be used for climbing away from pool fences.
  • Never keep toys in or around a pool.
  • Have a phone nearby. Post the 9-1-1 emergency telephone number and the physical address of the pool on the phone.

Purple ribbons recognizing the importance of water safety and the impacts of drowning are available free-of-charge at Queen Creek Town buildings and both Queen Creek fire stations through the month of August.

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