The American Red Cross is proud to be partnering with the Henderson Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue to promote pool safety. Poolside accidents are one of the leading causes of preventable fatalities in southern Nevada. On average, 7 people die every year from drowning in a pool, and more often than not, the victims are younger than 4 years old.
The Red Cross, Henderson Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue will be participating in a mass ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign that will deliver pool safety information directly to residents. This campaign will teach residents the A, B, C and D’s of drowning prevention.
- Adult supervision
- Barriers to be placed around the pool
- Classes like CPR training and swim lessons
- Devices that can save lives such as live vests or other flotation devices
“This initiative is a grassroots effort to ensure pool safety in the Henderson and Las Vegas communities,” said President of Henderson Firefighters, Dan Pentkowski. “Each year, the Henderson firefighters reach over 8,000 homes, raising awareness on drowning prevention through the mass ‘walk and knock’ efforts. This year, we are hoping to more than double that number by bringing on Las Vegas firefighters.”
The ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign will start at 10 am on Saturday, April 11from Henderson Fire Station #94 off of Valle Verde Drive. Another ‘Walk and Knock’ campaign will be scheduled for the Las Vegas area in May.
Check out the ‘Safe Pools Rule’ Public Service Announcement that will be aired throughout the summer by clicking this link.