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Local fire station to hold water safety class in Santa Clarita

Posted: June 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Los Angeles County firefighters are once again partnering with the city of Santa Clarita and others for an event to teach children and parents how to be safe around water during the summer months.

The event, called the third annual “Children Drown Without a Sound” Water Safety Expo, will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 126 in Santa Clarita. The station is located at 26320 Citrus Street.

“It only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown, and drowning incidents continue to occur in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Dean McGuire in a news release. “Children, especially those five years or younger, don’t understand the danger of falling into water and don’t usually splash, cry or call out for help.”

Lifeguards and firefighters will be on hand at the event to demonstrate pool safety techniques as well as a simulation of how to rescue a poolside drowning victim.

The American Heart Association will register attendees for CPR classes.

Last year’s event drew a crowd of more than 1,500, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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