Resources for Pool Operators
The Pool Safely website
has many helpful resources for industry professionals. Pool and spa operators can
access information on requirements for public pools, customer safety, pool and spa
safety equipment, and equipment recalls by clicking here.
Drowning Statistics from the CDC
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide?
Sadly, the highest rate of drowning is among children. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report on drowning incidents in the United
States during 2005 to 2009. An average of 3,880 people died each year during this
time period. According to CDC, "children aged ≤ 4 years had the highest rates of
both fatal and nonfatal drowning, and the death rate for males was approximately
four times the rate for females." (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Vol. 61, No. 19)
If you have a small child or grandchild that you care for, please practice the ABCs of water safety!
The article below also contains some helpful drowning prevention tips.
Drowning is Silent
Drowning deaths are silent. There are no splashing sounds or warning sounds associated
with a drowning incident. Remember the acronym SILENT to help prevent drownings
and keep your family safe this summer.
S - Swimming pools in backyards account for over 50% of the drowning deaths
of children 0-5 years.
I - Install alarms on house windows and doors leading to the pool area.
L - Layers of protection are necessary to help prevent drowning incidents.
Examples of redundant layers of protection include gates, latches, fences, safety
pool covers, alarms, throwing aids, rescue techniques, and active adult supervision.
E - Eye. Adults must constantly keep their eyes on children near or in any
type of water. This includes pools, spas, ponds, toilets, buckets, and bathtubs.
N - Never leave a child alone near water. If a child is missing, check the
T - Touch. Designate an adult to be close enough to reach out and touch a
child under 4 years of age while they are being supervised in the water.
This information was taken from the California Department of Public Health, the California
Department of Developmental Services, and the Drowning Prevention Foundation.
New Spanish Language Social Media Sites Launched
The Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) has launched Facebook and Twitter
pages en Español! All of the content posted on the English language social media
sites will now also be posted in Spanish. The link for our Facebook page in Spanish
The link for our Twitter page in Spanish is https://twitter.com/sbehsEsp.
New Telephone Number for DEHS
We now have a new toll-free number for DEHS! It is 1-800-442-2283. You can reach
all of our offices (Rancho Cucamonga, Hesperia, San Bernardino, and San Bernardino
Mosquito & Vector Control) by calling our new number. This single number replaces
all previous telephone numbers, which have now been inactivated. If you call an
old number, you will only reach a message giving you our new 800 number.
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are on Facebook en Español
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If you have any questions or comments, please contact Amanda Gaspard, Health Education Specialist,
at 800-442-2283 or Amanda.Gaspard@dph.sbcounty.gov.