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Chula Vista “Warn” Pool Safety Workshop, October 21
On Tuesday, October 21 at 6 p.m., Chula Vista’s Recreation and Fire departments will co-sponsor a free workshop no parent can afford to miss!

The event at the Ruth Chapman Performing Arts Center is the official launch of Chula Vista WARN, a new water safety program aimed at protecting young children. Chula Vista WARN -- Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods -- was launched in response to three emergency drowning calls in EastLake neighborhoods since Labor Day. The awareness program will reach communities with important information that can save the life of a child you know and love.

At the workshop, special guest speaker Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a pediatrician from Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will discuss water safety and drowning prevention. Gilchrist is on staff at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention where she oversees research and programs for drowning prevention and water safety promotion. The program will also feature speaker Dan Torres, a Chula Vistan who lost a grandchild in a drowning incident.

During the event, the San Diego Red Cross will sign up adults for CPR classes, and recreation staff will distribute information about registering kids for swimming lessons. Also participating in the October 21 workshop will be the San Diego County Aquatic Council, Safe Kids San Diego, United States Lifesaving Association, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and the California Surf Lifesaving Association.

Every year, approximately 300 children under the age of five drown in U.S. swimming pools. In California, drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children between the ages of one and four years old.

For more information about the event, call (619) 691-5099.

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