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Drowning prevention event teaches water safety in Tucson

Posted at 10:26 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 01:26:39-04

Drowning is a dangerous issue that tends to rise during this time of year.

An annual water safety expo to help prevent drownings happened at the Kino Sports Complex Saturday evening.

Experts say back to school distractions lead to families becoming more relaxed about water safety rules.

According to a report by Children's Safety Zone, there have been seven deaths in Pima County that resulted from water-related incidents since the beginning of 2017. Four of these deaths were adults, and three were age 12 or younger.

"We see with adult drownings that in all the cases we've had this year, they've all been alone," said Tracy Koslowski, public education and information manager with the Drexel Heights Fire District. "So that's one safety tip we want to share with adults -- you should always swim with a buddy."

Koslowski said the adult drownings are mostly related to hikers and people getting caught in flooded washed during monsoon storms.