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Aquatic center holds annual ‘water safety day’

Posted: July 18, 2014 5:34 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2014 5:34 p.m.

About 400 kids and parents at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center learned tips for free on staying safe in the water during the city’s annual Water Safety Day on Friday.

The event ran from noon to 3 p.m. and featured several booths around the Aquatic Center pools that had tips on water safety, first aid and water rescue.

Around eight water-safety lifeguards, seven community volunteers, and the Aquatic Center regular staff worked together to increase community knowledge about water safety in general, as well as drowning prevention, according to Stephanie Dunn, program specialist for the city.

“Drowning is a huge cause of death for children in our country, and it’s one hundred percent preventable,” said Dunn. “We want to increase awareness and let people know what they can do to prevent that from happening.”

The event included water safety presentations, first aid scenarios and demonstrations, homeowner pool safety tips, water rescue information and a raffle featuring water-themed prizes including life jackets, swim lesson certificates, coloring books and sunscreen.

“We would like it if we could go a whole summer without hearing about a drowning anywhere within our community,” said Dunn.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5 years old. Water Safety Day continues the city of Santa Clarita’s movement to educate the community about water safety.

“I think it’s important,” said Brittney Miller, mother of three. “Especially living here in California where there are so many water resources, there is no being over-prepared.”

Miller and her children came to the Aquatic Center on Friday to enjoy the water and learn some safety tips.




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