Drowning and near-drowning incidents in pools and spas are most likely to happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The International Life Saving Foundation reports that 1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year, which is more than two persons per minute. From those statistics, more than half are children.
To help ensure this trend doesn't continue, Oklahoma City Community College will offer a water safety fair from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 in the OCCC Aquatic Center, 7777 S May Ave.
“Our goal is to make the general public aware of the simple safety steps to take around any body of water,” said Roxy Butler, OCCC Recreation and Fitness director. “The more layers of protection you can put in between your loved one and the water, the safer they will be.”
Safety tips parents will learn include CPR training, sun safety, backyard pool safety, lake and boating safety, swift water safety and preparedness.
The event is co-
Kim Holding is a public relations specialist for Oklahoma City Community College.
To learn more
For more information, call Roxy Butler at 682-1611, ext. 7425.
The more layers of protection
you can put
in between your loved one and the water, the safer they will be.”