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Glendale firefighters to educate community on water safety, drowning prevention

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PHOENIX — Firefighters will be going door-to-door in Glendale on Saturday to spread the word about water safety and educate the community on drowning prevention.

Joined by volunteers from the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, they’ll be educating the community about how to be safe around water and what to do in case there’s a drowning. They’ll also be sharing information about CPR classes and swimming lessons.

“This is the time of year when we start seeing an increase in water-related emergencies, and we want to get ahead of the curve and try to prevent incidents from happening,” said Cecil Tudor, president of the Glendale Firefighters Charities.

Tudor said one of the main goals is to emphasize to adults the importance of keeping track of children, especially around pools.

Representatives from Ironman Pool Fence will also join the effort. They’ll be inspecting and repairing pool fences. For people who have a pool but no fence, they’ll be offering to install one.

This comes a few days after a 1-year-old girl nearly drowned in Phoenix. Her parents found her in a partially filled bucket of water. She survived the incident, but two other children ages 3 and 6 involved in separate drownings on Saturday did not.

Tudor said he hopes their efforts will help prevent more tragedies like these from happening.

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