UMC and the American Red Cross team up to prevent drownings | KLBK | KAMC

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Lubbock Police Department investigated a child who nearly drowned between 77th and Akron Avenue. Authorities confirmed the child was rushed to Covenants Women and Children’s. The latest update confirmed that the child is both “alert and awake”.

But in situations like this, University Medical Center has partnered with the American Red Cross to advocate for more water safety awareness.

Linn Hughes of the American Red Cross said that when it comes to preventing drowning accidents, there’s no such thing as being too careful.

“He’s such a quiet killer,” Hughes said. “Really, the best and safest thing is to have at least a self-locking, self-closing fence that’s at least four feet. Many children won’t be able to open these latches, and if an adult comes out, they don’t have to stop and wonder ‘did I lock the gate?’ It closes automatically and locks automatically.

UMC said it wants to go a step further by hosting a water safety awareness program on June 11, 2022. The event will take place at Lubbock Water Rampage from 9:30 a.m. to noon. UMC is also partnering with other organizations that will have tables set up, including the American Red Cross.

“They’ll be fine outfitting the kids with a Coast Guard-approved life jacket,” Hughes said. “These life jackets will belong to the children. We encourage them to use them when they are in the pool, at the lake or when they are boating.

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