District 3 and Sheriff’s Dept. Promote Lifejacket Safety

For Immediate Release                                                                                

Contact: Ashley Lara 541-831-2778

Date: September 16, 2015

District 3 and Sheriff’s Department Promote Lifejacket Safety

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury/death in the United States. In an effort to prevent some of these tragic incidents, Jackson County Fire District 3 (JCFD3) and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) have partnered to create a public service announcement to convey the importance of the lifesaving flotation devices.

There have been three recorded drowning’s in the Rogue Valley in 2015. To raise awareness about this issue, JCFD3 and JCSO filmed a PSA to demonstrate the importance of wearing a lifejacket. “It takes a tremendous amount of coordination and skill to perform a water rescue” states Captain Ben Kennedy, Jackson County Fire District 3.  “Wearing a lifejacket dramatically lessens the chance of drowning” added Kennedy.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care. The nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.

There are a number of tips that can help keep your family safe while recreating in or near water, including: enrolling children in swim lessons; taking a CPR class, supervising youth while in or near the water; swimming with a buddy or a lifeguard; paying attention to weather conditions when recreating,  and lastly, wearing a lifejacket.

Jackson County Fire District 3 and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department public service announcement will be available early October and accessible on both departments social media and business websites.

To lean more, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html