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Daisy Mountain firefighters to hold drowning awareness events

8/5/2015

NORTH VALLEY – August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month. The Daisy Mountain Fire Department will hold six drowning awareness events this month to reinforce how vital it is to always watch kids around water. The events will provide information on water safety guidelines. 

In a release from DMFD regarding Drowning Impact Awareness Month, it was noted that, according to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, “child drownings are a leading cause of injury and death. The risk is even higher in Arizona, a state ranked second in the nation for child drownings.”

In partnership with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, the Daisy Mountain Fire Department recommends these five steps to help ensure children’s safety around water.

During family swim time, assign a constant, capable adult supervisor ("Water Watcher").
Keep your pool fence locked when it's not time to swim.
Make sure children can't go over, under or through the fence.
Teach children to swim at the appropriate age.
Keep your CPR skills up to date.

Daisy Mountain Fire will host six Drowning Awareness Events in the north valley this month:

Desert Hills Mailbox 
515 E Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85085
Monday, Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

New River Mailbox
48412 N Black Canyon Hwy, New River, AZ 85087
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2-4 p.m.

Fry's Food Store in Anthem
39508 N Daisy Mountain Dr., Anthem, AZ 85086
Friday, Aug. 21, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 9-11 a.m.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition promotes the following three core principles of drowning prevention:
Block: The State of Arizona mandates the use of proper pool barriers, and barriers are a critical piece of drowning prevention. Even so, barriers alone aren’t enough.
Watch: Drowning occurs suddenly and without warning. There is usually no splash and no cry. Most drowning victims are missing for less than five minutes before their absence is noted. Constant supervision is the ONLY way to reliably prevent drownings.
Learn: When an incident occurs, survival depends on a quick and proper response. Knowing and using proper CPR (and being certified every year) gives you the best chance to save a life.
Swimming lessons can be considered a layer of protection as well, but no one is “drown proof” even if they know how to swim.

For more information about CPR Training, contact Daisy Mountain Fire Department at (623) 465-7400 or Pub.Ed@DMFD.org.