City kicks off National Water Safety Month

   Did you know that Texas is first in the nation for child pool drownings, or that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4? 
   Learn to swim – it’s the best way to stay safe in the water.
   With the summer swimming season nearly here, the City of Bay City is kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage water safety. 
   Join Bay City Parks and Recreation department in kicking off the summer swim season by hosting two Water Safety Days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Hilliard Pool, 3020 Le Tulle and on Sunday, May 19, at Valiant Pool, 2624 16th Street.
   “Bay City Lifeguards will demonstrate lifesaving techniques used and teach water safety basics - how to keep yourself safe, how to help others, pool safety, lifejacket basics and much more,” said Kelly Penewitt, Parks and Recreation supervisor.
   “Our goal with the program is prevention. Help us keep your children safe: Watch your child around water and be within arm’s length of children under the age of five, even if they know how to swim. It is imperative that we promote safety in and around the water.”
   The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. 
   The event will be celebrated by these organizations and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.
   Detailed information about National Water Safety Month, for both consumers and businesses, can be found at www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org. 
   For more information on the pools or recreation programs, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (979) 323-1660 or visit us on the web at www.cityofbaycity.org. 

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