May 24, 2022
CONTACT: Sarah Rodriguez
Riverside County Water Safety Coalition recognizes “Water Safety Month” in time for summer
Riverside, CA — Just in time for Memorial Day, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors declared May as “Water Safety Month” at today’s board meeting.
Riverside County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington sponsored the proclamation to call attention to the Riverside County Water Safety Coalition’s annual water safety campaign.
“As summer heats up and families retreat to stay cool by the water, it is important to stay safe,” said Supervisor Washington. “I want parents and the public to know that a few safety precautions and vigilance can prevent tragedy.”
Although most drownings occur each year during the summer, drownings can happen at any time of the year to people of all ages – in bodies of water as big as the ocean or as small as a bucket.
“The real tragedy of drowning is that it is 100 percent preventable, just by taking some simple steps whenever you or a loved one is around water,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, public health officer for Riverside County.
The Riverside County Water Safety Coalition is offering the following water safety tips:
- If you own a pool, install a fence around it, use safety covers and think about installing alarms or motion detectors near the pool gate. Gates should close on their own and open away from the pool.
- Enroll children in swimming lessons and have them wear appropriate life jackets. Floaties are not enough to keep children from drowning.
- Get trained in CPR, basic first aid and rescue methods.
- Finally, adults who are in or near water should avoid consuming alcohol and medications that can influence judgment, balance and ability to swim.
In 2022, there have been five accidental adult drownings and zero accidental child drownings in Riverside County.
About the Riverside County Water Safety Coalition
The Riverside County Water Safety Coalition is a collaborative between Riverside University Health System - Medical Center, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department and Riverside University Health System - Public Health to promote water safety and drowning prevention. To learn more about the coalition, visit www.ruhealth.org/rivcowatersafety.