This week marks the kick off of the annual “April Pools Day” drowning prevention awareness campaign. The focus of this campaign is to promote drowning prevention during the spring and summer months when swimming pools are in highest use in the Las Vegas Valley.
As part of this year’s event, the Southern Nevada Health District in cooperation with agencies and the Drowning Prevention Coalition unveiled a new outreach campaign that reminds the public to always keep these key steps in mind to prevent drownings:
1.Patrol – Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively watch children in the water, including pools, bathtubs, or other bodies of water.
2.Protect – Install barriers between your home and pool to ensure safety including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock doggie doors children can’t crawl through them.
3.Prepare – Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take adult CPR classes, and be sure to equip your pool with proper safety equipment including life jackets, personal floatation devices and rescue tools. If an emergency happens, have a telephone nearby to call 9-1-1.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among Clark County children aged 1-4 years. With more than 100,000 residential swimming pools and 5,000 public pools in Clark County the drowning risk for young children is ever present.
As part of the new rebranded drowning prevention campaign, Child Drowning Prevention Coalition members are encouraging all adults to take a pledge to be a Water Watcher every time children in their care are in or near water, and when children are under the supervision of other adults, to ask those parents about their Water Watcher plans.
Pledge cards will be distributed in English and Spanish at outreach events in the community and available at www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org to be printed out. Photos and video of the public taking the pledge and supporting the effort can be shared on Facebook using the hashtags #NVWaterWatchers and #PoolSafely. The Health District also has Water Watcher lanyards that are available while supplies last for adults who take the pledge.
Visit the Get Healthy Clark County website for more information about the “Be a Water Watcher” pledge effort, a partnership with the national Pool Safely campaign sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.