Arizona always leads the nation in drowning. (Top 5)
This, obviously, is not a statistic that we should be proud of as Arizonans. Several factors lead to this status. It often seems like there is a pool, canal, or other body of water nearly every 300 feet. Our amazing weather means that we can go swimming nearly every single day. Our growing population along with the great weather offer ample opportunities for trouble to arise in comparison to other states. Add to this the fact that most children and about 40% of adults do not know how to swim. It always leads to WAY more drownings than are necessary. And ZERO drownings are necessary.
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In my 10+ years as a firefighter, I have responded to over a dozen drowning calls. The victims are all ages and races, but a few things are similar. Usually, either the victim or the responsible adults ‘watching’ kids have been drinking or doing drugs. Showing off or daring activities (i.e., cliff diving) often involve a general lack of supervision. In most drowning calls responded to, there has been some sort of family party or gathering of adults that could have and should have prevented a drowning from occurring. This is 100% unacceptable and in my opinion 100% preventable.
Luckily, there are several coalitions that are working together to help educate and reduce these tragedies. The Arizona Drowning Prevention Coalition has multiple events every month on drowning reduction education. Many East Valley hospitals, fire departments and other safety companies also offer water safety tips as well as CPR demonstrations. I highly encourage each of you attend and bring your family. I guarantee that each of you will learn something.
We highly encourage you take water safety into your own hands, and not rely on others to watch or prevent a drowning. All municipalities have varying fence/gate requirements, but the easiest things you can do at your home is to take swimming lessons with your child (40% of adults do not know how to swim), keep a pool fence in working order, and have a dedicated water watcher (with no distractions) for all planned water events. Lastly, if a child or adult goes missing, check your pool and water features first. Then secure that area before checking the rest of your house.
While attending a public water safety expo will be greatly beneficial, you may not get all your questions answered. Home Hazard Prevention can help you with a customized safety program, covering everything from fire and water safety to infant safety, car seats, and CPR training. Be sure to schedule your custom safety program today, taught in the privacy of your own home!
‘Safety Nick’, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC (HHP). As a professional firefighter in the Valley since 2005 with an extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, Nick felt that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe and protect their loved ones in a proactive manner. In 2012, HHP was launched. With the support of his wonderful (and understanding!) wife and two beautiful children, Nick works tireless hours, not only to help save your family’s lives, as a firefighter and a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family. Nick moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and enjoys exploring our great state with his family.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your family or business safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!) HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. There is no one more qualified than a group of professional firefighters to keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266 or Nick@HomeHazardPrevention.com
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