Patrol. Protect. Prepare.

| Drowning Prevention

This weekend kicks off summer! That means everyone is going to be looking to cool down in the pool. The Southern Nevada Health District in cooperation with agencies like the Southern Nevada Childhood Drowning Prevention Coalition want to remind our residents to always keep these key steps in mind to prevent drownings:

Patrol:  Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively watch children in the water, including pools, bathtubs, or other bodies of water.

Protect:  Install barriers between your home and pool to ensure safety including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock doggie doors so children can’t crawl through them.

Prepare: Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take adult CPR classes, and be sure to equip your pool with proper safety equipment including life jackets, personal floatation devices and rescue tools. If an emergency happens, have a telephone nearby to call 9-1-1.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among Clark County children aged 1-4 years. With more than 100,000 residential swimming pools and 5,000 public pools in Clark County the drowning risk for young children is ever present. Visit the Get Healthy Clark County website for more information about the Be a Water Watcher campaign.

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