Southlake Fire and Hurst Police provide water safety training

Posted Monday, Jul. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Southlake Fire Department is teaming up with the Hurst Police Department to help keep kids safe in the water.

The two departments will distribute child-sized life jackets and provide water safety tips from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Gables of Notting Hill Apartments in Hurst.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the age of 1 and 4. Three children drown in the country every day.

The event ties into National Pool Safely Week, July 28 to Aug. 3, and encourages people to be safe when using aquatic facilities.

Experts will provide CPR training and free swim evaluations. The event is open to the public. About 50 free life jackets for toddlers and preteens will be distributed.

Lone Star Lifesavers is helping with the event.

Tyler Emler, group director, said the organization works with children and adults to prevent drowning.

“Very frequently, what we’re finding is when a child drowns, 97 percent of the time we can trace that drowning to a mistake made by an adult,” Emler said. “We need to help parents realize the simple steps to help their kids.”

- Dustin L. Dangli

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