With temperatures rising and the summer months approaching outdoor activities including water recreation activities will begin to increase. The Long Beach Fire and Lifeguard Departments encourage residents to practice safety in and around water to prevent drowning and injuries from occurring.
Statistics show that drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death for all age groups in the United States, it is the second leading cause of accidental death among children under 14 years of age and the leading cause of accidental death for children 5 and under.
It is estimated that each year about 300 children under 5 years of age drown in swimming pools. Preschooler drowning occurred in the child’s own home pool 65% of the time, 70% of the time supervised by one or both parents, and 75% of the time are missing from sight for 5 minutes or less.
Drowning in residential swimming pools can be a "Silent Killer" with it being unlikely that splashing or screaming occurring to alert a parent or caregiver that a child is in trouble. Beaches and waterways can also be a dangerous environment if dangers are not identified and proper safety precautions followed.
With these facts in mind the Long Beach Fire and Lifeguard Departments have designed a Water Safety flyer that contains key safety tips that can used in and around the water at residential swimming pools, at the beach, and at waterways to ensure safe and fun summer months ahead.
The Water Safety flyer is formatted in English, Spanish, and Kumar, to access the flyer go to: WWW.LBFDTraining.com or WWW.Longbeach.gov/fire . For more water safety information contact the Red Cross, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, US Army Corps of Engineers, or Safe Kids Worldwide.