Queen Creek Fire and Medical Encourages Safety Around Water
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 been 23 water related incidents in Maricopa and Pinal counties this year, and sadly, 10 water related deaths.
“Sadly, drowning is the leading cause of death for children,” stated QCFMD Chief Vance Gray. “There are important steps we can take to help prevent these tragic incidents. We encourage the ABCDs of water safety to offer layers of protection. As a community, we have to remain vigilant in and around water.”
In addition to knowing the ABCDs of water safety: Adult supervision, Barriers between children and water, Classes in CPR for adults and swim lessons for children, and Devices near water including rescue rings, hooks and lifejackets, QCFMD has the following tips:
- Always 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. QCFMD will also be offering CPR classes on select Saturdays. Follow Facebook.com/QCFire for upcoming dates.
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/QueenCreek or Twitter.com/TownofQC
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer