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Queen Creek Fire and Medical Encourages Safety Around Water

Post Date:04/21/2017 6:28 a.m.

As the temperatures continue to rise, the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) reminds residents to be safe around water and help prevent drownings. According to the Children Safety Zone, there have already been 17 water related incidents in Maricopa and Pinal counties in 2017, and sadly, six water related deaths. 

“We want people to enjoy the water, but we want them to do so safely,” stated QCFMD Chief Ron Knight. “Water related injuries and deaths are preventable – I urge our community to be proactive in preventing these tragic incidents.” 

In addition to knowing the ABCs of water safety: Adult supervision, Barriers between children and water, and Classes in CPR for adults and swim lessons for children, QCFMD has the following tips:

  • Look in the pool first: every second counts when an individual is drowning and precious time is often wasted looking elsewhere. Always look for missing individuals, especially children in the pool or spa first.
  • Drowning is silent: many people believe they will hear someone drowning because the individual will be screaming or splashing. However, drowning is silent with the individual unable to make noise. 

If you find someone in any source of water:

  • Yell for help and pull the person out of the water.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately!
  • Begin CPR if you are trained.
  • If you are not trained to administer CPR, follow the instructions from the 9-1-1 operator until help arrives.

QCFMD offers free CPR classes for groups of six or more. The four-hour class is open to individuals 13 years of age and older. The class must be held within the Town of Queen Creek, and the group is responsible for securing the location. To schedule a class, contact  CPRClass@QueenCreek.org with your name and phone number; reference CPR in the subject.

For more information about Queen Creek Fire & Medical, or for additional safety tips, visit QueenCreek.org/fire. To stay updated on events and activities, follow the Town on Facebook.com/QCFire or Twitter.com/TOQC_official.   

Media Contact:
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer
480-358-3195
Constance.Wilson@QueenCreek.org