A 9-month-old Irvine baby drowned in a family pool over the weekend, authorities said. The baby slipped unnoticed from the home and was found underwater by the boy’s mother said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
The mother called 911, and Irvine police and paramedics initiated CPR and other life-saving measures. The family’s German shepherd attempted to pull the toddler from the water but was unsuccessful.
The Orange County Fire Department has received 25 drowning calls this year. Out of the 25 calls, 14 have resulted in fatalities. In the last 30 days, seven children in Orange County have drowned and in six of those cases there was no pool fencing to prevent a child from slipping into the pool, Concialdi stated.
“Children see a pool as playtime,” Concialdi said. “They’re used to being in a bathtub where they’re safe and they don’t realize the danger of jumping in, especially if they don’t know how to swim. Parent’s need to know the A, B, Cs of safety — active supervision, barriers and instruction in CPR.”
Implement Active Supervision
Never leave young children unsupervised by always designating an adult to watch the pool inhabitants. The designated water watcher should possess adequate swimming capabilities and can enforce the appropriate pool safety etiquette and behavior. If you have a young children, never leave them unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water. Keep them away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
Install A Safety Pool Fence Barrier
Install a secured barrier such as a removable mesh pool fence. This type of pool fencing is the most popular safety product used for residential swimming pool safety. Mesh pool fences can be easily removed, are very versatile and very difficult to climb. Removable mesh pool fences are also used and accepted by most foster care, child adoption, and social services for pool safety in a home where a child is being placed.
Learn CPR Skills
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults so that you will be prepared if you ever encounter an accident in your pool. It is essential to learn CPR and provide first aid, as there are only a few precious minutes to save a life. Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
Read more for additional tips on maintaining safety in your backyard pool.
News source: LATimes.com