DPCA reminds public of water safety, drowning prevention during holiday weekend

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With Labor Day approaching, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona (DPCA) wants to remind the public the importance of vigilance and layers of protection.

DPCA president Melissa Sutton said that distractions and lack of barriers are the most common broken links in the injury prevention chain for drownings.

“This is especially true during holiday weekends," she said. "When adults are busy with guests, food preparation and entertaining, children often find themselves with easy access to the water."


Sutton added that designating someone to be guardian of the water can reduce the risk of drowning significantly in pool party settings,

According to year-to-date drowning numbers by the Children’s Safety Zone,  Maricopa County has experienced 44 deaths, including 13 pediatrics, one child and 30 adults, resulting from 113 water-related incidents this year.

Maricopa County has also experienced five child drownings in one week of August alone.

DPCA officials recommend families to the following three-pronged approach to drowning prevention using the ABC’s of Water Safety.

  • Adult Supervision: Watch each other around water. Neither adults nor children should swim alone.  And if you lose track of children, always check your water hazards first. 
  • Barriers:  Block access to water hazards. Put fences around pools, use protective covers on spas, close bathroom doors and dump out water buckets.
  • Classes and Coast-Guard Approved Life Vests: Learn CPR and ensure all family members know how to swim. Wear life vests in any water that is above your swimming ability especially on open water.

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