Atlanta, GA – To celebrate June Parent Engagement Month, First Lady Deal and the Georgia Children’s Cabinet kicked off the SPLASH Georgia water safety campaign with a fun water safety event on Monday, June 16th at the Freight Depot Plaza. Georgia Water Safety Subcommittee members Georgia Power, Governor’s Office for Children and Families, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics set up tables to hand out helpful water safety materials, give safety demonstrations, and give out fun prizes as attendees enjoyed ice-cream from an ice-cream truck. It was wonderful to see the partnership between state agencies and private industries as they came together to reach out to parents to ensure the safety of children everywhere.
The Georgia Children’s Cabinet formed the Water Safety Subcommittee to address water safety needs facing our state. The Child Fatality Review shows that there were 129 child drowning deaths from 2009 to 2012, with an average of 32 per year in Georgia. To help spread awareness and prevention, the Water Safety Subcommittee created SPLASH GA as their all-encompassing water safety campaign message. If each family adopts and shares these techniques, Georgia is one step closer to a safer state for its children and families.
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