April 07, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KIM BECKER, (702) 267-4033

HENDERSON, Nev. –May is National Water Safety Month, and the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free event designed to ensure parents know how to protect children in and around the water. Water Safety Day takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Black Mountain Aquatic Complex, 599 Greenway Rd.

The event is free for all ages, but registration is recommended as space is limited. Register online at cityofhenderson.com/parks (activity code 136000-00) or in person at any City of Henderson recreation center or year-round pool.

Water Safety Day provides parents, grandparents, babysitters, and day care providers an opportunity to learn how to keep children safe in an aquatic environment and how to safeguard homes and pools. The event includes information about the City of Henderson’s American Red Cross Learn To Swim programs as well as booths hosted by community partners such as the U. S. Coast Guard. Demonstrations will take place throughout the event focusing on basic water rescue, CPR/first aid, and water safety techniques.

 According to the Southern Nevada Health District, drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death in Southern Nevada for young children, and the most common drowning victim is a child age 4 or younger.

“As soon as the weather gets warm, people start thinking about going swimming. But it’s also the right time to think about water safety,” said Brittany Reid, pool manager, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Our job as aquatic professionals is to reinforce safety principles and teach parents how to safeguard their homes and pools and prevent a tragedy before it occurs.”

For additional information, call 267-2980 or visit cityofhenderson.com.

The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.

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