In recent years, our community has come together to reduce the number of drowning incidents, especially those involving infants and young children. In response, Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark initiated a community-wide drowning prevention campaign that has become an annual event every spring.
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department’s 2015 drowning prevention campaign will kick off on Saturday, March 28, when volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Fire Station 9, located at 211 N. Desert Breeze Boulevard, West. CFHM Chief Jeff Clark is once again appealing to all segments of the community to assist in this effort, including Scouting groups, religious congregations, businesses, service clubs, swim teams and other organizations. Anyone who wishes to participate in the neighborhood walks should call 480-782-2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to March 28. (view event press release here)
You can also help prevent drownings by familiarizing yourself with the tips on this page, by watching our videos, and by learning CPR.
The Key to Preventing Child Drowning Incidents
Remember this phrase:
Direct adult supervision is the best way to protect children from drowning. Never leave your child unattended in or near any pool, tub or other body of water.
You can prevent a water tragedy by "being" or "designating" a "Water Watcher." Always have eye-to-eye contact with anyone you are watching in or around any kind of water, and don't allow anything to distract you.
Your home should also use effective barriers, such as a pool fence, plus self-closing, self-latching and locking mechanisms on gates and doors. Latches need to be out of the reach of children. However, don’t allow barriers such as fences and doors to give you a false sense of security. You should know how to swim and teach age appropriate children to swim. Everyone should learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
The fact is, drownings are preventable. Please help the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department stop the pain of child drownings.
Water and Pool Safety Tips
Children can drown in as little as one inch of water and are therefore at risk of drowning in bathtubs, buckets, diaper pails, toilets, and other places where there may be some water accumulated. Whether enjoying pool time with family and friends, exercising, playing water sports, or learning to swim, everyone needs to be mindful of the potential for incidents and drownings in pools and spas.
Drowning Prevention for Kids
In the pool, at the beach or even in your bathroom, water can be dangerous to your kids if you don’t take the right precautions. Drowning can happen any time of year, but parents need to be particularly vigilant during warmer months, when the number of drownings skyrockets. www.safekids.org
Swim Lessons in Chandler
The Chandler Aquatics Program offers swim lessons throughout the year at its pools and aquatic centers. The lesson program offered by the City of Chandler follows the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim and Parent & Child Aquatic program. Learn more ...
Pool fences can provide you, your children and pets with an added layer of protection and safety.
* Chandler Pool Barrier Guidelines (PDF)
Programs are also available to help low income residents with pool fence installation or repairs. For more information, contact SaveRKids.org or call 602-631-4843.
More water safety tips and online resources here!