Walk for Water Safety this Saturday

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MESA , Ariz. -- The 5th Annual Walk for Water Safety to educate the public on drowning prevention is this Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Javier Soto got the lowdown from Michele Long of the Mesa Fire Department.

The goal is to reach out to 60,000 homes across the Valley in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Maricopa, Mesa, Peoria, and Queen Creek.

"We're going to hit 10,000 homes in Mesa," Long said.

Firefighters and volunteers will go door to door to distribute educational materials about the ABCs of water safety.

A - Adult supervision
When it comes to keeping kids safe around water, the most important thing is adult supervision. Adults should have eye-to-eye contact with kids at all times.

B - Barriers
While there is no substitute for adult supervision, fences and locking gates can go a long way in keeping kids out of the swimming pool.

C - Classes
Not only should children take swimming lessons (although lessons in no way replace supervision), adults should be trained in CPR in case the unthinkable should happen.

Long said they are looking for volunteers to walk in targeted Mesa neighborhoods. For more information, call 480-644-2294.

Residents can pick up additional water safety bags at the Mesa Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety Education Office located at 13 W. First Street, Mesa.