Public Information Officer
Tempe, Ariz. – May is National Water Safety Month. It serves as a reminder that water safety is incredibly important – especially during hot summer months when many are heading to swimming pools, lakes and splash playgrounds to cool off in the Arizona heat.
Make it a point to be more aware around water and improve swimming skills this month. According to the Center for Disease Control, taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children 1-4 years old.
Tempe offers swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels, whether you’re looking to introduce your child to the water for the first time or need a refresher course on swimming skills. Classes begin for children as young as 8 months in parent-infant classes and go all the way to adults looking to improve their swim stroke. Affordable lessons are held at two Tempe locations – Kiwanis Recreation Center and Escalante Community Center pools – at convenient times throughout the week. To see a full schedule of classes, visit www.tempe.gov/brochure.
In addition to making sure your whole family knows how to swim, it is also important to keep an eye on children whenever they are around water. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water and it can happen in a matter of seconds. Here are a few lifesaving tips to prevent drowning:
- Never leave a child unattended around water
- Maintain constant eye to eye supervision when a child is in or around water
- Keep toys and other children’s play items away from the pool or spa
- Make sure your pool or spa has an effective barrier
- Mount lifesaving devices near the pool
- Learn how to administer CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and other life-saving techniques
May has been proclaimed as National Water Safety Month by the state of Arizona.