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Stay Vigilant to Prevent Drownings

by: Yorba Londa PIO
Published: July 4, 2022


ORANGE COUNTY...Pool parties and swimming are summer activities enjoyed by many families trying to beat the heat, but the fun can quickly turn deadly. Drowning is silent and can occur in as little as two inches of water and within 20 seconds. Although 100% preventable, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages five and under and the second leading cause among children under 14. The most common reason children drown is a lapse in active adult supervision. Therefore, parents and caretakers are urged to remain vigilant when children are near water and should review and share the ABCs of Water Safety:

A is for Active Adult Supervision:

  • Assign an adult to be a Water Watcher, actively keeping their eyes on the water without any distractions;
  • Never swim alone, even adults;
  • Never rely on water rings, rafts, or other swimming aids in place of U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation devices (life jackets);
  • Keep infants and toddlers within an arm's reach; and
  • If a child or adult goes missing, every second counts! Check the water first!

B is for Barriers:

  • Install and maintain proper fencing around pools and spas to isolate swimming areas;
  • Use multiple layers of protection, such as fences, gate/door alarms, and safety covers to keep children away from pools and spas;
  • Use self-closing, self-latching gates that open outward and away from the pool; and
  • Remove items such as chairs or tables that a child could use to climb over a fence.

    C is for Classes:
  • Learn to swim by taking lessons;
  • Learn first aid and CPR. Always keep a phone nearby to call 9-1-1; and
  • Teach children that running, jumping, and pushing others on pool decks is dangerous and can cause injuries.

To further protect your family from drowning, the City of Yorba Linda and the Orange County Fire Authority encourages residents to visit OCFA's Drowning Prevention website.


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