Arizona is always a top 5 candidate for leading the Nation in drowning.
This, obviously, is not a statistic that we should be proud of. There are several factors that lead to this- there’s a pool, canal, or body of water nearly every 300’ it seems. The amazing weather means that we can go swimming nearly every single day. Our growing populations plus the great weather gives ample opportunity for trouble to arise when compared to other states. This, coupled with the fact that most children and around 40% of adults do not know how to swim, always leads to WAY more drownings than are necessary. And ZERO is the amount that’s necessary.
Become A Water Watcher Today!
In my 10+ years as a firefighter, I have responded to over a dozen drowning calls. The victims have covered all ages and races, but a few things are similar. Usually the victim or the responsible adults ‘watching’ kids have been drinking or doing drugs. And/or show-offish or boastful activities (cliff diving), and a general lack of supervision occurs. In most drownings that my crew has 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 unnecessary actions. The Arizona Drowning Prevention Coalition has many events every month to educate on drowning reductions. 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 to attend, and bring your family as well. I guarantee that each of you will learn something.
We highly encourage you to 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, 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, then check the rest of your house.
While that water safety day will be very beneficial, you may not get all of your questions answered. We here at 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. Nick has been a professional firefighter in the South East Valley since 2005. HHP was launched in the Winter of 2012. With Nick’s extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, he decided that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe in a proactive manner. Nick has a wonderful (and understanding!) wife and the world’s most beautiful baby girl. He works tireless hours not only to help save your families lives, both as a firefighter and as a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family.