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June is Water Safety Month

Kern County is known for its long, hot summers, which means we have an abundance of backyard pools, ponds, canals and water features. A child can drown in as little as two inches of water.

Children require constant  supervision when they are in and around water.

In 2015, 12 people died from drowning in Kern County. Three of the 12 were children two years old or younger.

A drowning can happen in seconds and typically occurs when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision.

A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of children ages 4 and under. Keep toys, tricycles and other children’s playthings away from the pool or spa and remove all pool toys from the pool area when swim time is over.

Often overlooked sources of drowning:

  • Toilets are a source of drowning in the home. Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks.
  • Once bath time is over, immediately drain the tub.
  • Clearly assign an adult to supervise children around ANY water, especially at social gatherings.
  • Consider hiring a lifeguard for large pool parties – (661) 326-FUNN
  • Empty water in buckets and ice chests.

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Roland Maier, Executive Director
2724 L Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 328-8888
FAX (661) 328-8880

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