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“Simple steps save lives.”

That’s the message of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s midsummer pool safety week, of which Emler Swim School in Arlington is a participant.

The event is billed as an opportunity for water parks, municipal swimming pools, aquatic facilities and children’s advocacy groups to host community members and share drowning-prevention information.

“We know from painful experience that this loss can happen to any family, any time a child is near water,” Jan Emler, president of Emler Swim School, said in a statement. “These are good families who love their children and care for them well, only to make one tragic mistake when they step away to answer the phone or retrieve something from the family car.”

By participating in Pool Safely Week 2013, the school is taking part in a national call-to-action to reinforce the message that pool and spa safety is important every day in every pool and spa.

Pool Safely is a first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and drain entrapments in swimming pools and spas.

The product safety commission “is proud that our partner organizations, water parks, and aquatic facilities around the country are spreading the word in their communities that drownings are preventable and now is the time to act,” said Kathleen Reilly, leader of the campaign, in a statement. “We encourage everyone to remember that simple steps save lives. You never know which safety step will save a life, until it does.”

Nearly 300 children under the age of 5 drown in a pool or spa each year, the commission says, and 5,100 children younger than 15 go to hospital emergency rooms for pool and spa drowning-related injuries.

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Zedler top rated

In the category of perhaps unsurprising news, Texas Eagle Forum has announced announce state Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, has earned a top conservative rating in the Texas House.

Zedler cast consistently conservative votes throughout the 83rd legislative session and both special sessions, the group says.

“Rep. Zedler is a courageous defender of: our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, smaller government benefiting every taxpayer, integrity at the ballot box, a great education for every child, human life, both born and pre-born and more,” the group said in a news release.

Added Cathie Adams, president of the forum: “Rep. Bill Zedler is a dependable friend to conservatives on both fiscal and social issues. His conservative voting record again sends a strong message to his constituents that he is in Austin to faithfully serve them.

“Rep. Zedler was focused on his unwavering agenda for [God], family and country that he brilliantly carried out to benefit his constituents.”

Immunization clinic

A free back-to-school immunization clinic for students who lack medical coverage is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd.

Medicaid recipients and children who are American Indians or Alaskan natives are also eligible.

The event is hosted by the Caring For Children Foundation of Texas, which will have its customized immunization vans on location. Lead sponsor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring a complete shot record.

The Care Van program has helped nearly 660,000 children receive over 1 million immunizations, the group said.


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