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Boca Raton Police promote National Water Safety Month

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Boca Raton, FL May is National Water Safety Month. Florida consistently has a high number of drowning incidents every year, with 69% of these tragic events occurring between April and September. The Boca Raton Police Services Department, in conjunction with ADT, the Drowning Prevention Coalition, and the American Red Cross, has a window cling available for sliding doors, which includes pool safety tips and basic CPR instructions.

 

The clings will be available at the following City facilities: the Police Services Department, Fire Stations, Community Centers and both City pools. The Boca Raton Police Crime Prevention Unit will be distributing the window clings to day care centers, areas with community pools and pool supply stores.

The following tips can help prevent drowning incidents::

  • Children should be taught how to roll over on their backs and yell for help in order to alert others when they are in danger.

  • Children should participate in swimming lessons and refresher swimming classes every year due to the different levels of development and changing skills.

  • “Reach or throw don't' go!” If someone is struggling in the water, they may pull you under. Extend a pole or pool noodle out to the person instead. If you find someone unresponsive in the water, call 911 first, then attempt to rescue them from the water and assess for CPR.

  • Parents and all caregivers of children should be trained in First Aid and CPR.

Additional information on water safety can also be found at the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition web site at http://www.pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/. For more information about the window clings, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (561) 347-3938.