Temperatures are rising and more people are headed out to the water, putting many — especially children — at risk.
The Rockford Park District joined together with the Rockford Fire Department this afternoon for an annual awareness campaign to promote water safety. The CDC says that drowning is the number one cause of unintentional deaths among children ages four and under.
“Accidents do happen and we understand that, and we’re there in case it does happen, but we look at a lot of these tragedies in hindsight that could’ve been dealt with differently,” said Rockford Fire Department District Chief Matthew Knott. “That’s the message that we’re putting out this year to make sure kids are safe around water.”
If you or a family member does not know how to swim, you can attend free swim lessons Friday June 24 at the following locations:
-Alpine Pool, 4310 Newburg Rock, Rockford – 3:30p.m.-4:00p.m.
-Harkins Aquatic Center, 910 Acorn Street, Rockford – 2:00p.m.-2:30p.m.
-Magic Waters Waterpark, 7820 Cherryvale N. Blvd., Cherry Valley – 12:30p.m.-1:00p.m.
-Sand Park Pool, 1041 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park – 3:30p.m.-4:00p.m.