BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - Now that the weather is warming up, the Big Spring YMCA is hosting a Swim Smart event to educate people on water safety.
The Swim Smart event is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the YMCA, 801 Owens St. Attendance is free.
"Swimming is normally the first activity that pops into a child's mind, even adults, when it comes to ways to cool down in the summer, which is why we want to make sure that safety is top of mind as well," Dathan Jones, YMCA CEO, said.
Attendees will get the chance to receive a free life jacket, hear some water safety tips and visit with members of the local fire department.
"The main goal is to make everyone understand (that), by being aware of your surroundings and understanding how quickly situations can change, a tragic event can be easily avoided," Jones said.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, from 2005 to 2014, there was an average of about 4,000 fatal drownings.
"We are excited about having the opportunity to provide life jackets to the youth in the community," Jones said. "We encourage families to come out, enjoy a little family time and get ready for summer, in a safe way."
Organizations that have made this possible include the Big Spring Fire Department, Texas Regional Advisory Council J, Scenic Mountain Medical Center and YMCA.