Community partners teach first graders water safety during 6th annual Water Safety Is For You! program

Event is a capstone to reinforce important water safety and drowning prevention messages the children have learned in their classroom

WHEN: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community Center 2805 E. Ajo Way

WHAT: Since January 1, 2013, there have been 21 water related incidents in the state of Arizona that have resulted in 6 deaths, including one child. In Pima County, there has been one water related incident involving a child under age 5. Arizona ranks second in the nation for child drowning.

This drowning prevention event reaches 780 first graders from nine area schools that are in economically underserved areas. Most of these children do not have access to any sort of water education. This event is Safe Kids Pima County’s largest water event of the year.

The children will cycle through eight different stations, each with a different water safety message including water rescue, open water, sun smarts, aqua star and dangerous drains. The stations will reinforce curriculum materials aimed at teaching the ABC’s of water safety: Adult supervision, Barriers around the pool and Classes, both swim and CPR.

Community partners working together to raise drowning prevention awareness include: Tucson Medical Center, Safe Kids Pima County, Drexel Heights Fire District, Patio Pools, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, Nova Home Loans, TMC Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson Electric Power, and the YMCA.

Safe Kids Pima County representatives Hope Thomas and Kimberly Romo will be available for media interviews during the event.

Additional Information: Safe Kids Pima County is a network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. Spearheaded by Tucson Medical Center, the local chapter is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of more than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bringing together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.