August is “Drowning Prevention Awareness Month”

Photo courtesy of Missouri City
At their Aug. 5 meeting, City Council Members proclaimed August “Drowning Impact Awareness Month”. During the meeting, Mayor Allen Owen, above right, presented a proclamation on the issue to Asst. Fire Chief Paige Day, at left. As part of the City’s citizen outreach initiative on the issue, individuals are asked to wear a “purple” awareness ribbon to symbolize their support; a limited supply is available at City Hall, 1522 Texas Pkwy.

As families enjoy this season of summer fun, Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services reminds residents that August is “Drowning Impact Awareness Month” and has launched a public safety initiative to educate citizens on the importance of practicing the “ABC’s” of water safety:

• A=Always have an adult around. Adult Supervision should be constantly maintained when children are in and around water.

• B=Barriers. Provide multiple layers of barriers that isolate your pool from children; install a fence, gate or swimming pool alarm.

• C=Classes. Enroll your child in swim classes and get basic CPR training.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old and it is the third leading cause of death among children, according to experts.

Statistics show in Texas, 48 children have drowned this year—three of these drowning deaths have been in Fort Bend County while neighboring Harris County accounts for 12.

To help keep your family and friends safe, the Fire Department along with the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance,  shared the following water safety advice:

• Give young children 100 percent of your attention when they are near or around water.

• Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.

• Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. It’s also a good idea to keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

For more information about safety in and around the water, click on www.missouricityready.com and watch a video featuring Asst. Fire Chief Paige Day.

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