Santa Clarita Valley residents braved the 107-degree heat Saturday to rub elbows with their local firefighters and learn what they need to know to stay safe around a swimming pool.
“Children Drown Without a Sound” was the theme of Pool Safety Day at Fire Station 126 on Citrus Street near the Valencia Town Center mall.
Participants got to watch a simulated rescue of a young drowning victim, listen to a real 911 call and hear a family’s story about the loss of their own child to drowning.
It wasn’t entirely a somber experience. Plenty of fun activities kept kids and their parents entertained, including a water balloon toss, a squirt from a fire hose, Radio Disney performers and Stewie the Duck to help children learn how to stay safe when swimming.
The event was hosted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in association with the city of Santa Clarita, Stewie Children’s Charities, Radio Disney, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, American Heart Association,
American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Swim for Life Foundation.
Local firefighters perform rescue procedures in a simulated child drowning exercise. Photo by Elliott Cohen for SCVNews.com.
A paramedic reads the story of Stewie The Duck, which tells the A-B-C's of water safety. Photo by Elliott Cohen for SCVNews.com.