''April Pools Day'' Highlights Water Safety

The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, in partnership with the Drowning Prevention Network of Washington State, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington Parks and Recreation Association and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, will present the 14th Annual “April Pools Day” on April 21, 2007.


The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties, in partnership with the Drowning Prevention Network of Washington State, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Washington Parks and Recreation Association and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, will present the 14th Annual “April Pools Day” on April 21, 2007.

In addition to water safety instruction, pools offer free swim time, demonstrations and games.

“April Pools Day is a great way to start preparing your family for a safe and fun summer of swimming and boating around the state,” says Sarah Olson of Lynnwood Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Department. “This event is one of the best places to go to learn how to properly fit a lifejacket, learn about how to be safe around the water, and discover where the safest swimming areas are that have lifeguards.”

Activities will take place at over 45 participating city, county and YMCA pools in Washington State. Families will learn drowning prevention strategies, proper life-jacket fitting and use, basic self-help skills and rescue in an aquatic emergency.

“Last year, with the early warm weather we had many drowning deaths and close calls at the start of the season, we want families to be on top of water safety much earlier this year.” says Tony Gomez of Public Health - Seattle & King County. “The Statewide and local Seattle-King County drowning prevention networks applaud the local pools for holding April Pools Day to promote fun in the water while also being safe. It’s great to so many pools involved this year.”

“This is a great chance for parents and children to have fun and learn skills that can actually save a life during a water emergency,” reports Michael Dilley, coordinator of the Red Cross effort.

This event is free to the public and designed to teach children primary swimming and drowning prevention skills.

Local water rescue heroes also will be honored during the “April Pools Day” News Conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2007, at the Federal Way Community Center Pool, 876 South 333rd in Federal Way.

Special guests include American Red Cross Representative Heather Dodge, King County Executive Ron Sims and Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health-Seattle & King County.

For more information on the participating pools please call the “April Pools Day” hotline at 206-726-3544 or to www.seattleredcross.org.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

For more information, visit seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.