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April Pools Day Brings Mock Drowning

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(Las Vegas, NV) — The Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition marks April 1st as the kickoff to “April Pools Day” drowning prevention awareness campaign.

One of the leading reasons of accidental death for children less than four years of age in Southern Nevada is water related incidents that result in drowning. On average, eight children drown each year in Southern Nevada.

Monday, officials conducted a mock drowning at the Silver Mesa Recreation Center in North Las Vegas.

The event is designed to bring awareness to the community about the dangers of drowning and how it can be prevented.

“Drownings can occur any time of year in our community, but the risks increase as the weather warms up and swimming pools become a popular pastime for children and families,” says Clark County Commissioner  Susan Brager, an active member of the Drowning Prevention Coalition. “April Pools Day is designed to generate community-wide awareness about the essential role that water safety education plays in preventing drownings and water-related injuries.”

The ABC&D’s of drowning prevention focuses on the following safety tips to prevent drownings:

  • A = Adult supervision refers to designating an adult who can swim to actively supervise children around water. Hire a lifeguard for pool parties and social gatherings around water.
  • B = Barriers refers to the installation of layers of protection between your home and your pool to ensure safety, including perimeter fences at least 60 inches high, securing and alarming doggie doors so children can’t crawl through them, and spa safety covers.
  • C = Classes, including swim lessons and CPR, are a must for family members.
  • D = Devices such as life jackets, personal flotation devices and rescue tools create a safe pool environment

Also, the area around your pool should always be secure.

“Pools should be surrounded by such barriers as fences, gates, door alarms and covers to protect children,” says Building Official Ron Lynn, director of the County’s Building Department. “You also want to keep tables and chairs away from pool fences so children can’t use them to climb over fences.”

You can obtain alarms and other safety devices by visiting http://www.sncdpc.org/

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