July 2018
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Splash into Summer... Safely!

Use these easy-to-remember tips for safe summer fun.

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Rancho Cucamonga Fire District wants you to have a fun, fabulous and very safe summer. Swimming in a cool, refreshing pool is a great way to beat the heat, but can be dangerous for small children or adults who swim alone. The statistics are starting - drowning is the leading cause of death for children age four and under in San Bernardino County. Child drowning incidents continue to happen in Rancho Cucamonga, yet they are 100% preventable. It's as simple as remembering your ABC's.

Active adult supervision -Always keep your eyes on your child when he or she is near water. Children should never be allowed to swim without an adult present; other siblings aren't necessarily qualified to fill the role of "Water Watcher." Practice "touch supervision", staying within arm's reach, when young kids are in or around the water. Recent studies show that nearly 9 out of 10 children who drowned were being supervised when the incident occurred. Most adults don't consider looking away from the water, even for a brief moment, to be inadequate supervision, but a designated Water Watcher must keep their eyes on children in the pool.

Barriers - Isolation fencing around the pool as well as door and window alarms provide an added layer of protection from the dangers of the water. It is important to maintain the integrity of such barriers and refrain from disconnecting any alarms or removing any locks because they are inconvenient. If you live in a neighborhood with a community pool, make sure gates to the pool area properly close and latch after you enter or leave the pool area. This will limit access by children who may be left unsupervised for brief moments.

Classes - Before the fun begins in the pool, consider enrolling in a couple of classes: swimming lessons and CPR. If your child is unfamiliar around water, swimming lessons might help boost their confidence and sharpen their water skills. (Check out the latest issue of the Grapevine for a list of aquatics classes offered locally). Additionally, the City also offers CPR classes. If a medical emergency happens, such as a heart attack or drowning, early CPR could make the difference in someone's chances of survival. The Fire District recommends everyone over the age of 14 should learn CPR - you never know when you might need it.

Following these safety tips will help ensure your family enjoys a water-safe summer. For more information about drowning prevention or to obtain a Water Watcher Tag, please contact the Fire District at (909) 477-2770.