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    Kids Aren't Drown Proof

    Drowning is quick and silent. A child can drown in less than one minute in as little as one inch of water. There is usually no warning, such as screams or splashing.

    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District recommends a multi-layered approach for pool owners to help prevent drownings.

    • Make sure there is an isolation fence around the pool, separating the pool from the house and the surrounding yard. It should be at least 4 feet high, with self-latching and self-locking doors.
    • Install secondary barriers such as house door alarms, water disturbance alarms and child immersion alarms. 
    • Make sure kids have constant supervision when they're in or around water. Designate at least one adult "water watcher" at all times. If you're with a group, have adults take turns. 
    • Teach kids survival swimming skills.
    • Kids that are not strong swimmers should wear US Coast Guard-approved, well-fitting life jackets. (But be aware they don't make your child drown-proof - still keep constant watch.)
    • Set water safety rules for the whole family - for example, kids should never swim alone, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep, don't dive into water less than 9 feet deep, stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings, etc.
    • Swimming lessons and life jackets do not replace supervision. Always watch kids in and around water. Drowning is swift and silent - it can happen in less than a minute.
    • All pools should have a safety reaching device like a shepherd's crook.
    • Keep a phone nearby so you can quickly call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
    • Remember, kids can drown in just an inch of water and it happens swiftly and silently - drain inflatable pools and coolers after each use.
    • Ensure pools and spas have compliant drain covers, and are kept in working order.
    • It is recommended that parents and caregivers learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) so you know what to do in an emergency. Immediate CPR could prevent death or serious injury.
    See below for CPR/AED training opportunities:

    Art and Wind Festival
    San Ramon Central Park
    12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
    Monday, May 29, 2017
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    FREE - Learn Hands Only CPR and how to use an AED

    Dublin CPR Class
    6930 Village Parkway, Dublin, CA 94568
    Contacts: 925-803-1895
    Heartsaver CPR/AED Skills Session

    Concord Red Cross Office
    1300 Alberta Way, Concord, CA 94521
    Contact: 800-733-2767
    Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

    San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
    1500 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583
    Contact: 925-838-6600
    American Heart Association (AHA) Heartsaver CPR/AED certification course in an online, blended eLearning format.

    For more information on drowning prevention, please visit the Drowning Prevention Foundation (DFP) website at or the Pool Safely website at

    1500 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon CA 94583
    (925) 838-6600 |