Water Watcher

Water Watcher

On October 2, 2019 the San Marino Fire Department announced a new Water Watcher program to help prevent a child drowning in our community. When a resident is considering a pool party or poolside event, reach out to the San Marino Fire Department. Fire Department personnel will come to your home, provide training and information on the Water Watcher program, and provide a San Marino "Water Watcher" badge and lanyard for the responsible adult, as well as a whistle to alert others in the event of an emergency.

A Water Watcher is not a substitute for a life guard. Drowning can be quick and quiet, and is the 2nd leading cause of death in children. Preventing a drowning is the key role for a Water Watcher and for the San Marino Fire Department.

For information on the Water Watcher program, to request a Water Watcher card, or to schedule a Water Watcher training at your next poolside gathering, contact the San Marino Fire Department at (626) 300-0735.

Pool Safety Tips

Did you know that drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children? Do your part to prevent a tragedy by encouraging a “Water Watcher” culture at the next poolside gathering with friends and family.


When kids are in or near the pool, always designate an adult Water Watcher. A Water Watcher is a responsible adult who agrees to watch the kids in the waster without distractions and wear a Water Watcher card. After a certain amount of time (such as 15-minutes), the Water Watcher card is passed to another adult, who is responsible for the active supervision. A child can drown in a matter of seconds without making a sound. Please don’t be distracted by cell phones or socializing. Wear the “Water Watcher” badge and only be relieved of duty by another adult Water Watcher. Pick up your free “Water Watcher” badge at the San Marino Fire station.

The San Marino Fire Department has tips on how you and your family can stay safe:

  • Never take your eyes off a child when he/she is in or near any body of water
  • Don't rely on barriers, such as fences or walls near a pool or spa. There is no substitute for constant supervision.
  • Make sure your pool or spa has a fence, wall or safety cover that guards against unsupervised access
  • Make sure doors leading to the pool or spa area are self-closing and self-latching or are equipped with exit alarms and are never propped open.
  • Remove toys or other children’s playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa when not in use.
  • Don’t consider your children to be “drown-proof” because you enroll them in swimming or water-proofing classes/
  • Don’t rely on inflatable devices to keep your child afloat. These are not substitutes for adult supervision
  • Always drain standing water from the pool cover. Remember that even a few inches of water can be hazardous, especially to young children
  • Learn CPR
  • Install a phone or keep a cordless phone in the pool or spa area.
  • Keep a life-saving ring, shepherds hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.

If someone is in trouble in the pool:

  • Don’t panic; yell for help
  • Designate someone to call 911
  • Get child/adult out of the pool immediately
  • If trained begin CPR, if necessary

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