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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Prevent Drownings by Learning the ABCs of Water Safety

Raft in Pool

With warmer weather in the forecast, pools across La Palma will soon be filled with people of all ages enjoying a cool break from the heat. As swimming activity increases, the City and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) want to keep you and your families safe.

Did you know that drowning is silent and can occur in as little as two inches of water and as quickly as 20 seconds? Although 100% preventable, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages five and under, and the second leading cause among children under fourteen. The most common reason children drown is a lapse in active adult supervision.

Parents and caretakers are urged to remain vigilant when children are near water and encouraged to review and share the ABCs of Water Safety :

  •  A is for Active Adult Supervision
  • B is for Barriers
  • C is for Classes

 To learn more, view OCFA's Drowning Prevention videos or download a printable copy of the ABCs of Water Safety. For additional safety information, please visit the OCFA website.

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