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North Las Vegas Kicks Off Child Drowning Prevention Campaign
North Las Vegas Kicks Off Child Drowning Prevention Campaign

With pool season just around the corner, the North Las Vegas Fire Department will kick off its 4th annual April Pools Day event on April 1.

The Fire Department is partnering with members of the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition in a valleywide campaign. In the past two years, there have been five deaths of children under the age of 4 because of drowning.

Some of the organizations participating in the door-to-door event are: Safe Kids Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District, and the Henderson, Clark County, and Las Vegas Fire Departments. Organizations will begin distributing drowning prevention awareness materials throughout the valley.

The City of North Las Vegas has issued a proclamation declaring April 1, 2011 as "April Pools Day." Posters will be displayed valley-wide promoting community partners working together to stop drowning. The Fire Department offers a special thanks to the International Code Council local chapter, and Leslie Pools for their generous donations in support of this campaign.

Last year, 200 North Las Vegas residents with pools received a Take A Second – Protect A Child, Adult Pool Patrol Tag. This year, the campaign is targeting 400 homes and facilities with pools, doubling community outreach campaign efforts.