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Henderson volunteers door-knock for pool safety

Henderson volunteers door-knock for pool safety

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED May 12, 2012

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- With the summer pool season rapidly approaching, the City of Henderson is working to keep your kids safe from drowning.

In an average year, eight children in southern Nevada will die from a preventable drowning, making the leading cause of unintentional deaths among youths.

“It is one of the worst calls you can ever run as a firefighter-paramedic,” said Dan Pentkowski.  “They're ones that just tear at your heart, tear at your soul.”

Henderson city officials gathered at a city fire station to spread the message of the A, B, C and D's of drowning prevention.  But the city got a little help from the American Red Cross who gathered more than 100 volunteers who knocked on the door's of hundreds pool owners, spreading their message of safety.

“I think it's a good idea that people go around and talk about pool safety,” said Michael Delaney.  “Because it is a problem, people are sometimes a bit careless, and they shouldn't be.”

Emergency responders hope to knock on the doors of more than 6,000 Henderson Homes over the next several days.