Santa Clarita hosted its annual Water Safety Day at the Aquatic Center to teach families how to stay safe in and around the water Friday afternoon.
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“This is an event that we put on for the community because we really want to increase water safety awareness and drowning prevention awareness,” said Stephanie Dunn, an Aquatic Center pool manager.Several stations were located around the event, designed to teach children and their parents about general pool safety, the importance of swim lessons and hands only CPR.
At the CPR station, guests learned to look, listen, and feel for a pulse and breathing for 10 seconds before beginning compressions, said Rebecca Bovert, a lifeguard at the table. They also learned the number and the depth of compressions needed to save a life.
At another booth, lifeguards read the book “Stewie Learns to Swim” to kids to teach about the pool rules.
“It makes me feel safer,” said Alex Crockett, 11. “Now I know not to bring anything glass and not to run (near the pool).”
The event also featured presentations by certified lifeguards about basic rescue and coast guard approved flotation devices.
Lifeguards simulated the event of a drowning and taught kids the saying, “Reach and throw but don’t go.”
They informed the children about different objects that could be used to pull a victim to safety, including arms, legs, broomsticks and buoys.
“We want to promote a very conscious and safe environment in the water,” said Chris Hamilton, a lifeguard at the event. “I think [the kids] will leave today with some good lessons and rules to remember about staying safe in the water and how to better do that.”
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“Drowning is a huge cause of death among children across the country and it’s 100% preventable,” Dunn said. “It’s just important to get that knowledge out there so that people know what they can do to protect themselves and particularly to protect their children.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News