CDC: Nearly ten people drown every day; county, city organizations hold water safety demonstration

Coalition gave tips on river, water safety

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A group demonstrated water safety for the community today since summer is upon us and the Fourth of July is around the corner.

The Water Safety Coalition gave the latest on the conditions of the Kern River and covered the basic water safety tips, including open water ways, canals, swimming pools, and simple ways to teach water safety to children.

The Water Safety Coalition said that in 2012, seven people died from drowning in Kern County. Two of those deaths occurred in the Kern River, one in Lake Isabella, two in canals, and one in a swimming pool. Two of the seven deaths were children.

The coalition said they have already seen four suspected drowning deaths this year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention though, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

The CDC provides these tips for water safety:

The Kern County Fire, Sheriff, Search & Rescue, Department of Human Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Health, Animal Control, City of Bakersfield Fire, Police & Recreation and Parks Departments and American Kids Sports Center, Kern County Superintendent of Schools - Kern Cares, Child Death Review Team, First 5 Kern, and NOR Recreation & Park District are all partners in sponsoring this event.

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