City of Peoria Press Release
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Fire, Police Offer Tips for Water Safety
Warm weather is
here, hot temps can’t be far behind
Peoria has already had a water
there were 174 water related incidents in Maricopa County, 52 resulted in
deaths, 38 adults and 14 children, it’s the time of the year when you really
have to think about water safety, even if you don’t own a pool.
Here are some
water safety reminders:
Have required barriers around your
Keep toilet lids closed.
self-closing, self-latching doors and locks on windows that access the pool.
eye-to-eye supervision of all non-swimmers is the only way to truly prevent a
Have the non-swimmers learn to
swim, call 623-773-7137 for more information.
Learn CPR, even if you don’t have a
pool as you never know when you’ll need it.
Assign a designated CHILD WATCHER,
the person’s only job is to watch swimmers and not be involved in anything
else like reading, napping or enganging in a conversation that will take away
the attention from the people in the water.
Have rescue equipment available.
Have a telephone outside by the
Don’t leave buckets or pails filled
with any liquid.
- Never run
around the pool.
This is also
the time of the year that we crank up the boat and head for fun on the water but
Carbon Monoxide is poisoning boaters!
Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by boat engines,
generators, and stoves. Boat exhaust is equal to the exhaust of 188 cars.
concentrations of carbon monoxide are found around decks as well as under and
around swim platforms.
monoxide can drift from other boats.
- Do not swim
near or under the back deck or swim platform.
- Do not allow
teak surfing, dragging or water skiing within 20 feet of a moving watercraft.
anchoring or riding along side of another boat while engines are running.
- Assign an
adult to watch anyone swimming or playing in the water.
- Learn the
signs of carbon monoxide poisoning: irritated eyes, headache,
nausea, weakness or dizziness. Very sililar to over exposure to the sun.
- Do not idle
when people are near the rear platform.
- Wear life
jackets or ski vests.
If symptoms do occur, move the
person to fresh air; get medical help if necessary.
ALWAYS have a designated driver for
the boat, watercraft and vehicles as the DUI laws apply to watercraft just
This time of the year should be the
most enjoyable but it also can be the most deadly. By working together we can
keep it a safe 2008.