It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t take much.
In the time it takes you to make a phone call or answer the doorbell, a child can drown – often in a bathtub, and often in as little as one inch of water.
In fact, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5.
In an effort to help protect children from becoming potential drowning statistics, the Fullerton Fire Department is offering its popular “Watch the Water” drowning prevention program in which parents learn how to keep their children safe when around water.
“The stakes are really high when you’re talking about drowning prevention,” said Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe.
“Drowning is the leading cause of injuries and deaths for children under five in Orange County and throughout California.”
Knabe added that the drowning death rate “is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more children are victims of near-drownings, which can result in permanent and severe injuries such as brain damage and long-term disabilities.”
The “Watch the Water” classes are offered free to the public. The classes offer information on drowning prevention, as well as advice on measures parents can take to make the areas around their swimming pools safer for children.
If you would like to host a class or if you are looking for a class in your area, please call the Fire Prevention Division of the Fullerton Fire Department at (714) 738-6500.
Persons who would require special accommodations to attend the classes should discuss those needs with Fire Department staff when making a reservation.