With summer in full swing, residents are making their way to the lake and the pool.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne officials want to remind residents to be safe around water this summer.
The hospital’s trauma program will host a free drowning prevention event from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Hulen Park.
There will be ambulances from local first responders, CareFlite officials will be on site for children to see their rescue helicopter, there will be face painting, a photo booth and a life jacket fitting.
Trauma Program Manager Jessica Lucio said the event was created to provide the community with the knowledge of water safety and drowning prevention.
“Drowning is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 14, according to the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance,” Lucio said. “For every child who drowns, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Near drownings can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities and permanent loss of basic functioning.”
Giving residents the opportunity to speak with their first responders and trauma staff from THC will be another way to get that information to the public regarding the importance water safety, she said.
“If Texas Health Cleburne can reduce those statistics in any way, we are going to do our part to protect and deliver the best care possible to our community,” she said.
For more tips, visit safekids.org/watersafety.