To remind the community of key water-safety tips as families head to local beaches this summer, carmaker Toyota and the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division, hosted an interactive water-safety event for the Boys & Girls Club of Gardena-Harbor in May. Toyota is the official vehicle sponsor of the LA County Lifeguards, and the company considers staying safe at the beach key to having a great time this summer.
The event included a water rescue demonstration, beach safety tips and interaction with Toyota lifeguard truck rescue equipment. Key safety tips included:
- Always swim near an open lifeguard station and never swim alone. Check with the lifeguard for safe ocean and beach conditions.
- Never dive into shallow water. Remember, feet-first every time!
- Use swim fins and a leash whenever bodyboarding.
- Keep a safe distance from piers and rocks, and always obey warning signs.
- Never throw sand and always fill in holes before you leave the beach.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreen and wear a hat.
- Respect other beach patrons and remember your beach manners.
- If you or someone in your group gets lost, always find the nearest lifeguard.
Toyota also reminds families that it only takes 10 seconds for a child to drown, and that drowning is the number-one injury-related cause of death among children ages 1-4.
Through this partnership with Toyota, the LA County Lifeguards use 65 Toyota trucks and SUVs for lifeguard rescue and operations across the 72 miles of L.A. coastline. In the last year, the Toyota trucks were used for more than 34,500 emergency responses and supported more than 70 million visitors.
LA County Lifeguards is the largest professional lifeguard safety agency in the world, with 850 lifeguards.