Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children. The CDC says that every day, three children die as a result of drowning. It is the leading cause of injury or death in children aged 1-4 years old. Perhaps this is because when families go to the beach or the pool, injuries are not the first things that come to mind.
In Queen Creek, Arizona, a 2-year-old boy was found nearly drowning in just about 9 inches of water in a kiddie pool (KPHO 5/2/2011). Officials say that the mother and her children were playing in the front yard. When they went inside, they realized that the youngest wasn’t with them. They found the child in the kiddie pool. He was then airlifted to the hospital, in extremely critical condition.
Parents and relatives who have children in the house should be aware of safety measures against drowning. Children should have ample supervision when near a pool or any body of water. Apart from drowning, accidents like slipping and falling might happen. Parents could also install a fence with self-closing and self-latching gates around backyard pools to help keep the children away when the parents cannot supervise them. Kids should wear life jackets in and around beaches or lakes, even if they know how to swim. It would help if the parents know how to perform CPR, this skill comes in handy, just in case. And of course, the golden rule of parenthood is to always supervise children at all times.
If you know someone or a loved one who has been involved in an accidental or non-accidental drowning, call our Arizona child swimming pool accident lawyers for a free consultation at (480) 753-4534. We may be able to help.