City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department and Mesa Fire and Medical Department have teamed up for Summer of Safety. Our campaign kicks-off May 20th, one week before Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day, which is the last day of public swim at City of Mesa pools. Each week the campaign will feature a new safety message to remind, educate, and provide resources to Mesa residents and visitors about being the first line of defense around water.
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Turn the Tides on Drowning
- There are an estimated 360,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
- Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
Drowning is a complex public health issue that requires a multifaceted prevention approach. Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Mesa Fire and Medical respond to the needs of our community by providing education, practical training programs, and initiatives essential to promote the safety and wellbeing of our children.
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Watch our Summer of Safety Videos from Mesa and Fire Medical Department.
ABC's of Water Safety
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department offers free Lifesaver classes, call 480-644-2200 for information on upcoming classes.
Water Safety for Teens and Adults
No one is drown-proof and teens and adults are more likely to overestimate their skills and underestimate dangerous situations. Drug and alcohol is a leading risk factor in drowning deaths among teens and adults.
It's everyone's responsibility to prevent drownings.
- Stay sober on the water. Alcohol use while boating increases drowning risks among passengers and boat operators. Alcohol interferes with swimming skills, balance, coordination, and judgment.
- Know how to respond to drowning emergencies. Learn CPR .
- It's never too late to learn how to swim. Even if you're a strong swimmer, know the risks and be smart about water safety. View Swim Classes.
Monsoon Season and Water Safety
During the summer months, we experience some of the most unpredictable weather. Thunderstorms, dust storms, lightning, and flash flooding characterize monsoon season.
There are some key water safety tips to keep in mind to stay safe during Monsoon Season. Whether you're in a pool or open water if you see lightning or hear thunder, immediately exit the water and get to a safe place. Never swim during thunderstorms, lightning, or dust storms and make sure barriers are in place so that kids don’t get back in the water.
River and Lake Safety
Arizona lakes, rivers and water sources are some of the most beautiful in the region. If you're heading out to enjoy our natural resources make sure you think about practicing water safety.
- If boating, every person must we are a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest.
- Alcohol and water activities don't mix. Alcohol impairs your ability to stay water safe.
- Watch out for currents, waves, and underwater obstructions.
- If you see storm clouds moving in, it's safer to exit the water.
For adults, learning CPR can make the difference between life and death. For a drowning victim, it is vital to remember the importance of rescue breathing. Many instances require Hands-Only, also known as, Chest-Compression-Only CPR but the inclusion of rescue breaths is especially critical in cases of child drowning emergencies because immediate restoration of oxygen to the child’s brain is critical. The goal of rescue breathing is to add oxygen to the body when the victim can't breathe on their own or doesn't have enough oxygen in their lungs to sustain life.
Mesa Fire and Medical Department offers Basic CPR courses. Call 480-644-2200 for information on upcoming classes.
Grandparents and Water Safety
Whether your grandkids are visiting for the summer or if you're taking care of them on a more permanent basis, it's important that you are responsible around water.
It's never to late to learn to swim. Sign up for our adult swim lessons.