Losing even one person to drowning is too many. Last year, there were 44 fatal drownings in Orange County. However, drowning is preventable if safeguards are taken. For this reason, Orange County Fire Authority has launched a drowning prevention campaign focused on avoiding distractions while watching children near water and encouraging individuals never to swim alone.
Orange County Fire Authority teaches the ABCs of water safety to help educate and prevent drownings:
- A stands for Active Adult Supervision: We encourage you to assign a water watcher who can keep their eyes on the water while avoiding distractions like a cell phone or a book. The water watcher should be a responsible and sober adult who can swim;
- B is for Barriers: We recommend multiple layers of protection from pool and spa areas, including but not limited to self-latching gates, 4-sided isolation fences, pool and spa covers, alarms, and indoor barriers to protect access from any room inside the house that has water access; and
- C is for Classes: Take swimming lessons, learn CPR and make sure you know how to use an AED. Learn and practice rescue techniques, so you know how to help if drowning occurs.
For more drowning prevention and home safety tips, visit OCFA’s website.