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Fire department hosts Water Safety Expo

Posted: June 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s annual Water  Safety Expo will hit Santa Clarita with a splash 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, but while there will be lots to enjoy, the event will come with a serious side.

“It’s a really fun day for the whole family, but there will be some very serious information shared, including a presentation from a family who lost a child to drowning in 2010,” Fire Department spokeswoman Stephanie English said.

The expo is will be held at Fire Station 126 on the 26300 block of Citrus Street in Valencia.

“It’s a big event, and we’re always happy to open our doors to the public to talk about issues that could save someone’s life,” said Fire Department Capt. Marshall Oldham. Oldham is one of three Fire Department captains assigned to the Station 126.

The expo will feature games, fire truck displays, food trucks and presentations from emergency room physicians.

“Everyone is welcome, but we’d particularly like to invite those with children,” Oldham said. “This safety expo is all about protecting our loved ones.”

There were at least eight reported drowning deaths in the Santa Clarita Valley in 2011, English said.

“California ranks as one of the top states in the country for water drownings,” English said. “The Fire Department hopes families will realize that in a matter of seconds, children can fall into a pool and drown without anyone knowing. It happens silently and can happen to any child,” she said.

Also in Valencia, Academy Swim Club staff will try setting a new Guinness World Record by hosting what they hope will be the world’s largest swimming lesson 8-8:45 a.m. June 14.

“It’s been coordinated to occur around the world,” swim club spokeswoman Gloria Locke said. “People will be jumping into pools simultaneously around the globe in those 45 minutes.”

The Academy Swim Club is located on the 28000 block of Smyth Drive.  

For more information on the swim lesson, call the club at (661) 702-8585  / 661-287-5518


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