(June 20, 2014) ‘It Only Takes A Second.’ That’s the message from the Frisco Fire Department reminding everyone to practice water safety during summer, which ‘officially’ starts tomorrow.
“It really only takes a second,” Chief Mark Piland said. “We want to remind parents, babysitters, adults to be especially attentive when they’re caring for children around water. Resist the temptation to become distracted with cell phones, grilling, or even visiting with friends while children are around water. Never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in or around water.”
Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death of children, ages 1 – 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports an average 390 children, under the age of 14, die in pool - or spa - related drowning each year. About 5,200 more are treated for injuries in emergency rooms.
Chief Piland says firefighters have already responded to five ‘possible drowning’ calls involving children since May 31. In all cases, the children survived.
“We’re very fortunate everyone has survived the accidents,” said Chief Piland. “One (possible drowning call) is too many. But five is a significant number when you consider we responded to five similar calls during the peak swimming months last year (April – August 2013).”
Chief Piland also encourages residents to consider safety devices such as pool alarms, barriers (fences) and covers.
Frisco Fire Safety Town is offering several opportunities to learn more about water safety. Free classes are available July 21 at 11 a.m. and Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Parents and children are welcome, but registration is required for the hour-long program.
Frisco Fire Safety Town will also host ‘Water Safety Weekend’ June 27 and June 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. both nights. Frisco Fire Safety Town is located at 8601 Gary Burns Drive.
The Frisco Fire Department also shares the following tips to help families with pool safety.
· Learn to swim.
· Teach children to swim with a buddy.
· Keep children away from pool drains, pipes or other openings.
· Equip young children or inexperienced swimmers with U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but don’t rely on life jackets alone.
· Keep a phone close by when in or around a pool or spa.
· Learn CPR and practice regularly.
· Install pool gate alarms.
“Never assume someone else is watching the water,” Chief Piland said. “It only takes a second for a child to find themselves in trouble in the water. We want everyone to have a safe, fun summer.”