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Water Watchers help keep an eye on swimmers

CARLSBAD — Now that fun summertime events are in full swing, the city of Carlsbad’s Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Carlsbad Fire Department to keep children either in or near the water safe at all times.
This joint venture is spreading pool safety news through a program called Water Watchers.
“The city of Carlsbad Fire Department is focused on helping save lives,” said Linda Allington, city of Carlsbad Fire Department emergency medical services manager. “Programs like Water Watchers help educate the public about the serious threat of childhood drowning and give families and the community tools to help prevent such tragedies from occurring.” 
The latest numbers reveal that the drowning of children from 1 to 14 years of age is the second primary cause of accidental death.
Allington said their efforts are encouraging the public to designate an adult Water Watcher whenever children are near any body of water. This includes areas like pools, hot tubs and at the beach.
The Water Watcher would be responsible for keeping an eye on the water, ensuring child safety. This label, Allington said, helps take the confusion out of who is watching the kids.
“As part of the Water Watcher program, you can pick up a special lanyard for the designated person to wear at any city of Carlsbad fire station,” she said.
This lanyard will help remind a Water Watcher to remain focused and not be distracted with other stimuli such as people, phone calls and texting.
Along with the lanyard, residents will also receive a postcard with additional information about the program. Literature on pool safety information is also available at the fire department.   “By providing these safety tips, we hope to ensure safety while still having a good time,” Allington said.  “Serious injuries and deaths associated with water safety are devastating and can be prevented with awareness and vigilance.”