W.A.T.C.H. Coalition, WATER SAFETY!
The Bexar County Child Fatality Review Team and local advaocacy groups teamed with first responders and area hospitals to form the W.A.T.C.H. Coalition - Water Awareness Through Community Help. Together, they launched a campaign aimed at saving children's lives. On April 1, 2013, the coalition sponsored the first "April Pools Day" even in San Antonio.
The W.A.T.C.H. Coalition created a webpage that encourages paretns/caregivers, organizations, and home owners to plan and conduct water safety awareness events throughout the summer season. Everyone, both public and private, can plan and host activities in their homes or communities that emphasize parental/adult supervision, water safety skill practice, life jacket education and "hands-on water" safety demonstrations. Sixteen school districts in Region 8 also participated by putting up the WATCH poster in their schools. Our poster asks, "Are YOU Watching Me?", which is all it takes to protect a child in a pool, tub, or other body of water - a vigilant adult committed to watching the child every moment.
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April Pools Day provides a great opportunity for San Antonio hospitals and community organizations to work together to increase public awareness of drowning prevention. The WATCH Coalition (Water Awareness Through Community Help) is partnering with local agencies to promote drowning awareness)
Important note: The 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas designated April at Water Safety Month through 2023.
August 22, 2013: Each summer in Texas there are hundreds of children injured and killed in accidents – in pools, on bikes, in hot cars. Such accidents are a leading cause of developmental disabilities in children. On Aug. 22 the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) will honor seven people or organizations that are leaders in working to prevent accidents that cause disabilities. The 3rd Annual J.C. Montgomery Child Safety Awards was awarded Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room at the Texas State Capitol. Congratulations to the W.A.T.C.H. Coalition.