The Riverside County Department of Public Health recently issued a public service announcement to show the importance of water safety.
The PSA stresses for adults to keep a watchful eye on children playing in water areas, like the pool, spa/jacuzzi, or water parks. As well, it recommends to have a secured fence around the pool area to prevent children from accidentally going into an unsafe area.
Since 2005, Riverside County had 75 drowning deaths of children under the age of 5. Drowning is 100% preventable, according to the PSA, but it only takes seconds for a situation to take a turn for the worse.
On Friday at Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs, a 12-year old boy from Mecca had a near-drowning experience. He jumped into the deep end of the wave pool without knowing how to swim.
Wet 'n Wild Palm Springs GM David Andrews Jr., a former lifeguard, said the best way to prevent drowning is by wearing a life jacket. The life jacket should be checked every year to make sure it still fits the child, and it should be coast guard approved.
For more information on water safety, visit www.rivcoips.org.