Monday, July 30, 2012 By Department of Public Safety Community Relations
Water Watchers Help Keep Kids Safe Around Water
Did you know that drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death for children ages 14 and younger? It is the second leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years.
Southlake’s Department of Public Safety is partnering with Cook Children’s Hospital Water Watch program to help prevent drownings. The program helps identify Water Watchers to others so they will not be tempted to distract them while they are keeping a close eye on children in or around water.
Children drown silently, so designate a Water Watcher to watch children especially in large group settings. A Water Watcher Tag is used to designate responsible adults to watch the water when you have a party at the pool, lake or beach. The recommended shifts for Water Watchers is a 10-15 minute. During that time, Water Watchers should not be distracted by conversations, cell phones, reading, etc. They must keep their eyes open and scanning above and below the water’s surface. Water Watcher Tags available (limited quantity)
If you would like a Water Watcher Tag please contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349.