12 News is committed to raising awareness around drowning and water safety.
The leading cause of death among Arizona preschoolers, ages 1-4, is drowning. There were 253 unintentional injuries which lead to death between 2010 and 2015, and 99 of those were drowning related, according to a report from the CDC.
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Help us change the numbers by joining 12 News for Operation: Water Watch.
What can you do?
• Ensure you have a working pool fence around your residential swimming pools. Visit this PDF from SRP to learn backyard safety.
• Enlist a water watcher EVERY time you are around water---even at community pools and lakes. What is a water watcher?
• Enroll non-swimmers in swim classes. Some low cost options may be offered through your city and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.
• Learn CPR.
• Share with neighbors, friends and family your dedication to being a “Water Watcher.”
• Watch 12 News Fridays on 12 Today and First at 4 with Operation: Water Watch stories all summer long.