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Water Safety Day: Annual event to raise awareness is May 5

By Staff | May 3, 2018

Unlikely tragedies occur every day, but some of these devastating scenarios can be preventable with the proper knowledge.

The Cape Coral Police Department, Cape Coral Fire Department, Cape Coral Yacht Club Pool and Parks and Recreation are sharing information to decrease aquatic-related accidents with the seventh annual Water Safety Day on Saturday.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yacht Club Beach Pavilion at 5819 Driftwood Parkway.

Cape Coral Fire Department spokesperson Andrea Schuch said water-related tragedies are a real concern in Lee County and across the state of Florida.

“Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14 after motor vehicle accidents. Florida has the highest unintentional drowning deaths in ages 1 to 4 in the country. Lee County is No. 3 in child drowning deaths in Florida. Florida has more pools per square mile than any other state,” said Schuch.

Various presentations will be put on by CCPD and CCFD including a CPR demonstration, paddling safety, sun safety, safety precautions around the pool, drowning prevention, life jacket fittings and rescue dive gear.

A big part of this awareness day is making it fun for the kids.

“We will have lots of hands-on activities for children,” Schuch said.

Passport cards will be passed out to be completed at each table where children learn a water safety lesson.

Prizes and giveaways will also be part of the day, including a poster contest, passport card winners and a raffle for free swim lessons.

Kids fingerprinting is another activity in which kids can take part.

“This is a fun, family-friendly event. There are demonstrations including CPR and kayak self-rescue. The CCPD will have their Jet Skis and the CCFD will have a fire truck for visitors to tour. The CCFD fire boat will also spray water from offshore for visitors to see. There will be a number of tables with water safety displays for guests to visit. There are also door prizes and a poster contest. Kids can draw a water safety poster and enter it in the contest to win prizes,” Schuch said.

Each year more than 150 residents attend Water Safety Day, and they hope to see the turnout continue to grow.

If you are not able to attend this event, Schuch has some advice for parents and children alike.

“Practice the ABCs of water safety: A – Adult supervision. It is important to have a designated ‘water watcher.’ B -Barriers. Barriers include door alarms and pool gates. C – CPR and Emergency Response. We recommended everyone learn CPR.”

This event is made possible by donations from the Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police.