Housing Authority of Bexar County partners with Miss Tristan Foundation for swim safety education for residents

(June 24, 2022)

San Antonio, TX –
The Housing Authority of Bexar County proudly partnered with the Miss Tristan Foundation to educate residents and provide resources on drowning prevention at our Bear Springs Apartment Complex’s
Summer Bash on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m at 11803 Marbach Rd.

While many families are spending time in the pool this summer to beat the Texas heat, it can be easy to get distracted, and accidents can happen in an instant. The leading cause of death for children under the age of 4 is accidental drowning, and it is fast, silent, and preventable. That’s why the Housing Authority of Bexar County partnered with the Miss Tristan Foundation to educate residents on drowning prevention, particularly for Pre-K aged children.

“We are excited to have the Miss Tristan Foundation partner with the Housing Authority of Bexar County. We know that water safety is an important initiative. Water-related mishaps; like injuries and drownings do
not discriminate any demographic, which is why it is important to make water safety awareness accessible to our residents within the HABC community, through programs like Miss Tristan’s’ Water
Watcher’ program,” said Alisha Munoz, Director of Public Affairs for the Housing Authority of Bexar County.

The Miss Tristan Foundation was started after a tragic accident in the spring of 2016, when 2-year-old Miss Tristan Lynn Byrd, tragically died in an accidental drowning at a family BBQ. Since her death, her parents have devoted their lives to drowning prevention, working to make pool fences and alarms affordable to homeowners, as well as getting water safety classes into Pre-K curriculum in San Antonio schools.

Melissa Wollard, Executive Director of the Miss Tristan Foundation, says in order to keep kids safe, one adult should always be watching children in the water.

“The Water Watcher promises to watch the kids swim and to not use their cell phone or consume alcohol
while watching the swimmers,” she said