Summer Water Safety Get Swimming Safety Tips
Particularly in the hot summer months in Los Angeles County, swimming offers a cool and fun pastime. It is important to know how to stay safe while you and your children are in or near the water. Whether you’re at the pool, beach, or lake, following a few safety tips can prevent serious injuries.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation supports summer water safety programs, taught at local aquatic centers to teach children and adults practical safety tips that can help prevent tragic drowning accidents. We also provide safety tips, helpful videos, and information to those looking to learn how to help their children swim safe year round.
Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children are at a particularly high risk, with about 1 in 5 fatalities involving children aged 14 and younger. For every child that loses his or her life, another 5 receive emergency treatment for drowning. This problem needs to be addressed to prevent these tragic, and entirely preventable, losses.
To promote the safety of your children in and around water, never allow a child to swim alone. Even adults should only swim while accompanied by another person. Always supervise your children, watching them constantly and closely while they are in or around water. If you have a pool, install an appropriate fence or other barrier so your child cannot access it without your help or permission.
Additional Resources & Information
Whether you are a parent, work with children, or are simply interested in gaining skills that can help your community, you can undergo summer water safety training offered by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. This and our other programs are all designed to provide the members of our community with the tools they need to protect themselves, prevent injuries, and respond properly to emergency situations.
To learn more about unintentional drowning, including risk factors and prevention, click here or call the Los Angeles County Fire Department at (323) 8812411.