HPD Teams Up With Local Groups to Reduce Water
March 27, 2006 -- The HPD Juvenile
and Lake Patrol Division will team up with the Safe Kids Greater
Houston Water Safety Team and Houston/Harris County Child Fatality
Review Team to deliver a message on ways to reduce incidents of
water related deaths and injuries to children under 15-years-old.
This will mark the first time the Houston Police Department, along
with local and county agencies, will unite to collectively promote
water safety. "This collaborative effort is unprecedented
and is important in sending a unified message in keeping our children
safe as they enjoy water activities" said HPD Chief Harold
Starting March 31 several major events will be
held throughout Houston, Harris and Galveston Counties to draw
attention to efforts being made to keep kids safe during the 2006
swimming season. The campaign will also reach through most parts
of Southeast Texas.
The objective is to educate the public on ways
to keep kids safe as they enjoy water related activities. The
goal is to provide useful information to educate kids, parents
and adults on ways to make sure kids remain safe in and around
large and small bodies of water.
Upcoming events include:
Friday, March 31, 2006; Aquatic Risk Management
Seminar, American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Freeway: Managers
from Houston/ Harris County area pools and water parks will be
updated on new strategies and procedures regarding pool safety
regulations as well as be given a refresher course on safety techniques.
Saturday, April 1, 2006; April Pools Day; YMCA
Post Oak, 1331 Augusta Drive: This event will highlight pool and
poolside activities that will re-enforce the message of how to
make water related events safe for our children. The focus here
will be to demonstrate ways to keep children safe and show parents
and adults what to do to prevent and reduce incidences of death
The teams' purpose is to establish a partnership
to help protect children from drowning which could occur suddenly
and silently. The aim is to build awareness through efforts that
will encourage use of life jackets when kids are near large bodies
of water and motivated adults to be watchful when children are
around any body of water. The team consists of the Houston Police
Department, Houston Fire Department, Safe Kids Greater Houston
Water Safety Team, Harris County Public Health & Environmental
Services and Texas Children's Hospital, just to mention a few.
The collective efforts of all these agencies have one main goal
in mind: to reduce the incidence of child deaths related to water
For more information contact Susan A. Hirtz,
Manager, Texas Children's Center for Childhood Injury Prevention
Coordinator, at Safe Kids Greater Houston at 832-828-1303 or Stephani
Adams MPH, Child Fatality Review Team Coordinator at 713-439-6137.
For media questions contact Alvin Wright, HPD PIO at 713-308-3205.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.