Low-cost water safety education available for Fort Worth families
Published on April 15, 2021
Nothing beats the heat like a cool dip in the pool on a scorching Texas day, but a quick swim can turn tragic unless families have proper knowledge about drowning prevention.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 87 children under the age of 17 died in 2020 from drowning incidents, with approximately half of those deaths in home or apartment pools.
In 2021 so far, there have been six children lost to drowning incidents. This is especially alarming when you consider that for every fatal drowning, there are an average of five non-fatal drownings that require long-term care.
To combat these preventable deaths, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition is offering its Swim Safe program. The six-day program provides children age 3-18 and adults 18 and above the opportunity to learn in-water skills that can save their life in the water this summer.
Parents and caregivers will also receive classroom education, including the basics of CPR, supervision strategies at the pool and instructions on creating a home water safety plan. Every family will receive a free lifejacket and children’s book and gain access to free and reduced-cost swimming lessons at the completion of the program.
View class dates and register for the Swim Safe program.
Photo: The Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent fatal and non-fatal drownings.
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