Water safety

SRP coordinates with numerous local organizations as part of an ongoing commitment to the communities we serve to provide programs, resources and safety focused events.

Programs and resources

The following water safety programs, resources and events are available throughout the Valley.

  • Learning to swim is important for the entire family. We sponsor swimming lessons for adults and children throughout the Valley.
  • In partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital we offer the Playing it Safe workshops for parents and caregivers of children ages five and under.
  • Securing your pool is key in keeping children safe around water. The Adopt-A-Pool Fence Program, a collaboration with Phoenix Fire Union Charities, provides pool fences to Valley families in need.
  • Visit the SRP Safety Connection™ booth at a community event for more information about electric and water safety.
  • SRP Safety Connection™ provides free materials about water and electric safety for Arizona residents and educators. Most items are available in both English and Spanish.

Featured topic: safety at the pool

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for young children according to the Arizona Department of Health Services? As a community-based not-for-profit SRP works with local partners to help bring awareness to this problem. Find out how you can help by becoming familiar with the tips below.

Think safety first

  • If kids will be at the pool, assign a few capable adults as pool supervisors who know how to swim and perform CPR in case of an emergency.
  • Ask them to put away distractions like electronics and books. Have them take turns being on-watch.
  • Make sure the pool supervisors know the pool address. When it is time to leave, ask them to scan the bottom of the pool and lock the pool gate.
  • Remember, being safe poolside is not just for kids. Always swim with a buddy or let someone know where and for how long you'll be swimming.

Create a safe space

  • Enclose your yard and pool with a self-closing, self-locking fence with vertical bars. Have multiple barriers in place as added measures.
  • Move outdoor furniture inside the pool fence to prevent a child from climbing over the fence. Also, remove toys from the pool area that might attract kids.
  • Lock doors and windows and secure dog doors that lead to pools. Empty kiddie pools and buckets.

Take courses

  • Learn how to perform CPR on infants, children and adults, knowing can save lives.
  • Teach all kids to swim at an appropriate age and remember, it’s never too late for adults to learn how to swim.
  • Teach kids about water safety around open water, pools and canals.

Use life-saving equipment

  • Don't depend on floating toys; they are not designed to save lives. Use approved lifesaving devices, such as life jackets.
  • Look for the U.S. Coast Guard approved label on life jackets and ensure proper fit by weight.

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