HOUSTON, TX - The upcoming 4th of July weekend will most likely see many Houstonians trying to beat the heat, by heading into the water. Sadly, celebrations can quickly turn into tragedy if you're not careful!
That's why two groups are teaming up, to make sure young swimmers stay safe in the water. Kyle brown of the Houston Apartment Association says, "The Houston Apartment Association has been partnering with the YMCA, to offer the Water Wise Program, for nine years now." YMCA Spokesperson, Emmarie Clark adds, "In this program, we teach swim lessons to these kids so that they know how to swim in order to prevent drowning."
Drowning is the leading cause of death among 4-year-olds and under. 73 children drowned in Texas last year and 33 kids have already lost their lives in the water this year. Seven of those deaths, occurring right here in Houston. Because apartment complexes pools available, it is very tempting for children to want to get in water on their own, unsupervised. This program teaches them how to swim, when they may not be able to go to a public pool to get lessons.
The Water Wise Program actually bring training to the apartment where they live, and it brings it to the children. It's very convenient for them and it's free. The families don't pay anything at all. Keeping cool and staying safe. Now that's how to enjoy the summer!