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SCV water safety expo scheduled Saturday

Family friendly event aimed at ensuring safe practices during summer water fun

Posted: May 29, 2014 4:24 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2014 4:24 p.m.
 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the city of Santa Clarita will host the fourth annual Water Safety Expo this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valencia Fire Station 126.

“In the Santa Clarita Valley, there are approximately 15 drowning calls every year, sometimes more,” Fire Department spokeswoman Stephanie English said in an interview Thursday. In California, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 years old.

The expo will feature swim lessons, CPR classes and safety talks, along with Radio Disney performers and a water balloon toss with local firefighters.

“This event is filled with family fun, but it’s also an opportunity to talk to firefighters and experts about the specific steps we all should take to be sure we are not vulnerable to this kind of tragedy,” acting assistant Fire Chief Greg Hisel said in a statement.

“It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown, and once a child falls into the water they have no way to make noise or cry for help.”

Along with local firefighters and paramedics, the Coast Guard will be at the expo discussing boating and diving safety. Also on hand will be local water safety experts from the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center and Academy Swim Club.

“We really invite all residents to come because if families think it can’t happen to them, they are our ideal customer because it can happen to them,” English said.

Fire Station 126 is located at 26320 Citrus Street in Valencia.

 

 

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