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La Palma, CA 90623
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Posted on: May 24, 2017

ABC's of Water Safety

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The City of La Palma and OCFA hope everyone has a safe and fun summer.  Water safety is a vital part of that safe aspect.  The OCFA has put together the ABC's of Water Safety for your information.

A is for Active Adult Supervision
-Keep infants and toddlers within an arm's reach when near water.
-Never swim alone, even adults.
-Never rely on water wings, rafts, or other swimming aids in place of U.S. Coast Guard- approved personal flotation devices (life jackets).
-If a child or adult is missing, every second counts.  Check the water FIRST!

B is for Barriers
-Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool and spa to isolate swimming areas from the home and play areas.
-Use multiple layers of protection, such as fences, fate/door alarms, and safety covers, to keep children away from pools and spas.
-Remove items such as chairs or tables that a child could use to climb over a fence.

C is for Classes
-Learn to swim.  Do not rely on swimming aids such as water wings, rafts, or noodles.   La Palma Recreation offers swim lessons, please visit www.cityoflapalma.org/aquatics for a complete list of classes.
-Learn first aid and CPR .  Always keep a phone nearby to call 9-1-1.
-Teach children that running, jumping, and pushing others on pool decks is dangerous and can cause injuries.

Remember, children and adults drown without a sound.  Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five and can happen in less than two inches of water.



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