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Water Safety

As desert dwellers, we appreciate water - the local pool or one of Arizona's many beautiful lakes.  But water can pose serious danger.  Learn more about keeping safe around water.


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Online resources to help you

Phoenix Fire offers tips on pool, bathtub and bucket safety as well as water safety while on vacation.   You can also download their water safety brochure.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely website offers pool and spa safety videos for adults and a Kids Corner with games featuring Splish & Splash.  (en Español)

Phoenix Children's Hospital provides a wealth of information on water safety, including age-specific water safety brochures.

Each summer, the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department offers a number of free programs for children of all ages that promote water safety as well as low-cost swimming classes for children at a variety of skill levels.  Registration usually begins in early May with classes beginning in early June. Cool off and have fun at a city pool or splash pad.  

The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of classes in first aid, CPR, AED, life guarding and swimming including self-study classes online.

If you live in Maricopa County and have children 6 or younger living in the home, you may be eligible for a pool fence free of charge.  Applicants must meet other specific conditions, including demonstrating financial need.  Applications are available in English and Spanish from Save R Kids.

For more information, check out TripBuzz's The Ultimate Swimming Safety Guide.

​For you to check out:

Safety Smart in the Water (DVD)

Water Safety Tips (brochure)

Seguridad y el agua by Sue Barraclough

How to Teach Your Baby to Swim by Douglas Dowman

A Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me by Jean Pendziwol

Baby & Child CPR (DVD)

Don't have a library card?  Phoenix Public Library cards are free to Maricopa County residents.  Get one today.


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