For Immediate Release: Feb. 9, 2010
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Home Pool Safety For the Parent, Day Care Provider
March 13 Workshop Provides Life-Saving Education
HENDERSON, Nev.— In anticipation for the summer swim season, parents and day care providers can learn about home pool safety in a workshop hosted by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Home Pool Safety for the Parent/Day Care Provider” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 13, at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, 310 S. Racetrack Rd. Participation is $25 per person (ages 14 and up), and includes a certificate of course completion. Register online at cityofhenderson.com (activity 136103-01) or at any City of Henderson recreation center.
City of Henderson aquatic staff will teach participants about sun and backyard pool safety. The workshop is designed to provide homeowners, apartment pool users, and day care professionals with the information and awareness they need to keep family members and guests in a safe aquatic environment.
According to the Southern Nevada Health District, of all submersion incidents in 2008, 81 percent involved children age 4 or younger, and 66 percent of these incidents occurred in residential pools.
“Drowning is the leading cause of death of young children in Southern Nevada and what makes this especially tragic is that many if not all of these deaths can be prevented by adult supervision, proper barriers and fencing around the pool, ensuring children know how to swim, and making life jackets available for those who cannot swim,” said Angela Hester, Aquatics supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “This workshop will provide parents and day care providers with the knowledge they need to keep everyone--- especially children— safe this swim season.”
The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department hosts a variety of swimming lessons and pool safety workshops throughout the year. For additional information, call 267-4000 or visit cityofhenderson.com.