First 5 San Bernardino Stresses keeping children safe around water as summer kicks off

SAN BERNARDINO – May 27, 2022 – Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and with that comes pools opening for water play across San Bernardino County.  First 5 San Bernardino wants to remind families to be hyper-vigilant of children around water and make the ABC’s of Water Safety a priority. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4.  It is an accident that doesn’t need to happen. 

“Because drowning happens in seconds and is often silent, it’s imperative that parents keep The ABC’s of Water Safety top of mind especially as we enter the summer months,” shared First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Karen Scott.  

The ABC’s of Water Safety are (A) Adult Supervision, (B) Barriers and (C) Classes.  Adult Supervision means maintaining active supervision while children are around water.  Barriers such as fencing, latches and alarms should be installed to keep kids away from backyard pools.  And it’s important to enroll children as young as a year old in swim classes. 

First 5 San Bernardino has a Water Watcher tag available for caregivers to print and bring to pools or open water.  The person tasked as Water Watcher has the important duty to be hyper-vigilant and keep their eyes on any children in the water.    

For more information and a downloadable Water Watcher tag with important safety tips in English and Spanish, visit

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