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City Raising Awareness of Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

September 3, 2020

As more families turn to pools, beaches, and other bodies of water to find relief from the summer heat, the City of Garden Grove is raising the community's awareness of drowning prevention and water safety.

Families are urged to follow the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) ABC’s of Water Safety:


  • Assign an adult to be a water watcher, actively keeping their eyes on the water without distractions
  • Keep infants and toddlers within an arm’s reach
  • No one should ever swim alone


  • Install and maintain proper fencing around the pool and spa
  • Use multiple layers of protection, such as fences, gates, doors, alarms, and safety covers
  • Use self-closing, self-latching gates that open outward and away from the pool


  • Take swimming lessons
  • Learn first aid and CPR

To learn more about OCFA's Drowning Prevention campaign, visit

The American Red Cross offers Learn-to-Swim classes taught by certified instructors. To find an instructor near you, visit

The Garden Grove CERT program, a volunteer organization trained in disaster preparedness and life-saving skills, is held twice a year and certifies members in CPR and first aid. To learn more about Garden Grove CERT, visit

In addition, the Drowning Prevention Task Force, administered by the County of Orange, offers tools and information on how to keep children safe around water. Visit