Safe Kids Gwinnett starts pool safety program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Safe kids Gwinnett, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Fire Department, has launched a new pool safety program for children.

Aiming to make pool safety a priority by advocating simple water safety tips, the program will include fire department officials delivering materials and information to Gwinnett apartment complexes during regular fire prevention activities and inspections.

"Our pool safety campaign is part of a national conversation with parents and children, as well as pool owners and operators, about the simple safety steps they can take to protect themselves and their families in and around pools and spas," Safe Kids Gwinnett Coordinator Tania Diaz said. "These incidents are preventable, so our mission is to change the way families think and act about pool and spa safety."

In a national study of drowning-related incidents, a parent or caregiver claimed to be supervising the child in nine out of 10 deaths. Safe Kids' pool safety campaign aims to add extra safety steps in and around the water to help prevent such deaths.

"The department is excited about our partnership with the organizations that make up Safe Kids Gwinnett," fire deparment spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. "We are equally proud to be an integral part of raising awareness in the community concerning water-related emergencies."

For more information, visit www.safekidsgwinnett.org.