Thursday, May 9, 2013
As spring temperatures approach and families begin to spend more time outdoors, in pools, spas, beaches and waterparks, Because of B.R.A.Y.D.E.N. would like to remind parents to do their part when it comes to water safety.
“As we patiently welcome spring, and eventually outdoor swimming temperatures, families will be beating boredom at waterparks, pools, lakes and beaches” said Michelle Zieg, co-founder of Because of B.R.A.Y.D.E.N. and mother to Brayden Zieg, who died of an accidental drowning in the families backyard unprotected pool. “Pools, beaches and waterparks always pose a risk, whether or not there are lifeguards on duty. Parents can do their part to prevent tragedy during the spring and summer months.”
Because of B.R.A.Y.D.E.N. would like to remind parents to be vigilant in these ways:
• Become a Water Watcher – Make sure an adult is watching children in the pool at all times. Do not become distracted and never leave children unattended.
• Wear life jackets and keep proper lifesaving devices nearby – When near the water, remind children and those with the inability to swim that they need to be wearing life jackets at all times.
• Teach swimming and lifesaving skills – Make sure your children know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely. Take classes in First Aid and CPR. Early Spring is a good time to enroll in those lessons and classes.
• Avoid dangerous drains – If you spot a loose, missing or broken drain cover, report it to the pool operator immediately. Tie up long hair or secure with a swim cap and warn children to stay away from drains or other openings.
Parents can learn more about how to keep their swimmers safe at becauseofBRAYDEN.org.
About Because of B.R.A.Y.D.E.N.:
Because of BRAYDEN is a South Carolina nonprofit organization named after Brayden Zieg, the Summerville, SC, 17 month-old who died in 2008 as a result of an accidental drowning in the families unprotected backyard above ground pool. The name Brayden stands for Building Resources and Awareness of Youth Drowning through Encouragement and Networking.
SATURDAY MAY 11, 2013 4th Annual Water Safety Day 10am – 4pm
The organization will hold their annual event at the CAR PROS PLAZA at the Corner of Trolley Rd & Miles Rd in Summerville. Fire & Rescue Personnel, SafeKids, CCPRC, Summerville YMCA, and many other local business representatives will be participating. There will be lots of safety information, live performances, food vendors, silent auction and raffles throughout the day. We also have a Kids Zone area where children take a water safety pledge and enjoy jump castle, games & more. Start the summer ready for fun and learn to be safe around WATER.
Find out more about Because of B.R.A.Y.D.E.N. at www.becauseofBRAYDEN.org.