Drowning Impact Awareness Month began in August 2004 through the efforts of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Today, it’s the largest collaborative water safety effort in the state of Arizona. Governor Ducey, Drexel Heights Fire District Governing Board and Mayors across the state have signed proclamations designating August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month.
Why August? August experiences peak times for child drowning in Arizona. Back-to-school distractions in August make it a high risk month for child drowning. Also, safety rules tend to get more lax as summer winds down.
Drowning Impact Awareness Month efforts include wearing purple ribbons to remind everyone about water safety and to recognize the impact fatal and non-fatal drownings have had. Drexel Heights Fire District will have purple ribbons available at our Administration Center throughout August in case anyone would like to pick one up and help promote the cause.
Every child drowning is preventable—but sometimes, little can be done for a child once he or she has fallen into the water. Prevention is the cure, and awareness is free. To prevent child drowning, follow the ABC’s of Water Safety: active Adult supervision when children have access to water; Barriers between children and water; and Classes like CPR and swimming lessons and Coast Guard approved life vests for new and beginner swimmers.
Drexel Heights Fire District Board meets on the third Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the training classroom next to Station #1, located at 5030 S. Camino Verde. The public is encouraged to attend. All meetings are handicap accessible with 10 days written notice, arrangements can be made for the hearing impaired. The fire district board is chairperson James Bertrand, clerk Gary Bynum, member Laura Dailey, member Charles Mendonca and member Charles Zang.
Tracy Koslowski is the Drexel Heights Fire District Public Education/Information Manager.