Drowning prevention is focus of Water Safety Day
Nobody thinks it will happen to them. But, roughly 10 people drown each day in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And drowning is 100 percent preventable.
Learn water safety tips and drowning prevention actions at the annual Lake Granbury Water Safety Awareness Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Rough Creek Park, 2209 S. Morgan St., near Stumpy’s.
The event is free to attend and includes free life jackets for kids while supplies last. Free hot dogs and water bottles will also be available.
Every layer of protection is important to ensure not even one life is lost, as drownings are 100 percent preventable, said Kyle Lewis, BRA Lake Granbury Lake Ranger and Permit Officer.
“We’ve all seen too much bad stuff,” said Lewis, who has spent 30 years in law enforcement. “If we prevent one, or two, or three, or any amount (of drownings), that’s great.
There’s a misconception that drowning is loud, involves splashing, and someone bobbing up and down in the water, Lewis said.
“It is sudden. It is silent,” he said. Looking away for just a moment could be a moment too long. At the end of the day, it’s about making sure everyone goes home safe, he said.
SAFETY DAY ATTRACTIONS
Each year, the BRA’s Water Safety event has steadily grown to include more guests, more life vest giveaways and more participation by other organizations throughout the surrounding community.
Some participants this year include Pecan Plantation Fly Fishing group, Creations Child Care and Learning Center, YMCA, Lake Granbury Medical Center, Texas EMS and local first responders, Alluring Pools and Outdoors, Radiant Swim School and Cook Children’s Hospital Safe Kids program.
TPWD’s Kid Fish program will help children learn to cast a line – and perhaps catch a fish. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District water cycle interactive trailer display is part of the experience.
“We do our best to highlight all aspects of water safety in an entertaining and enlightening manner with our participants, so every member of the family can enjoy it,” said Lake Granbury Reservoir Manager Connie Tucker.
The Brazos River Authority sponsors the annual event.
Carter Blood Care will hold a blood drive at Rough Creek Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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