|This week, the City of Chula Vista declared May as National Drowning Prevention Month. As summer approaches, families will begin to use their backyard pools, head to lakes and ponds with their fishing gear, and relax in hot tubs and whirlpools as well as visiting local beaches. While these activities can be a lot of fun, they also can be quite dangerous.
Unfortunately, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children under the age of 14. With drowning ranking fifth among the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, Chula Vista’s Recreation and Fire Departments offer some tips to help prevent drowning. These include learning how to swim and learning water survival skills (for children too); always provide close and constant attention to children in or near water; learn first aid and CPR; obey all safety signs and warning flags, make your backyard pool as safe as possible, and keep a phone nearby to call 911 if needed.
For more valuable information on drowning prevention, please visit http://watersafety.chulavistaca.gov.
Posted: May 16, 2014