Follow The ABC’s of Pool and Water Safety

Water Safety

On average 90 Arizonans will drown in water related accidents every year, most of which occur between the months of April and August. It only takes seconds to lose track of a child but there are precautions we can all take to make our time at home and away safer. Most are common sense but trust me, as the person that does the Crime Maps for San Tan Heights by reading the media alerts from the PCSO, there are a lot of pool related accidents here in San Tan Valley every year. These are our friends and neighbors, maybe even your friend or neighbor.

Please pass these simple rules on to friends and loved ones. As I said it only takes a second for tragedy to strike.

At Home:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Install a protective fence around your pool.
  • Never leave a child alone near water. If you must leave, take your child with you.
  • Enroll children in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors.

Away:

  • Always use approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
  • Don’t jump or dive into unknown bodies of water.
  • Always have a first-aid kit and emergency phone contacts handy.
  • Never consume alcohol when operating a boat or other watercraft.

If you’re in an emergency situation CPR can be a life saver, literally. If you are interested in becoming certified in CPR/AED then you can download the application here. Our local YMCA in Copper Basin can help you out.

Check out the video below for how to do Hands Only CPR, it’s easier than you think. Contact the YMCA for more information. Lets have a totally accident free swim season this year!

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About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on March 21, 2013, in Safety Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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