In Volusia County, a toddler, drowned in the family swimming pool. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies, the child’s parents and siblings were at home when Rocio Vazquez Naranjo disappeared. When they realized she was missing, her family found her in the pool. The parents pulled her from the pool and took the child to a neighbor who tried to resuscitate her before rescue personnel arrived, said officials. The child was taken to a hospital where she was sadly pronounced dead.
Parents think that it could never happen to their family, but each year more than 800 children drown. However, these accidents are not only preventable but also predictable. Here are the top three facts about child drowning and what you can do to help keep your child safe around water.
Fact number 1: Lack of supervision. Children can drown in a matter of seconds and usually it is quietly. Adults who were present during a child drowning were usually distracted in some way, often by talking on the phone, conversing with other adults or reading.
• What you can do: Attentively supervise your children around water, and have a phone nearby to call for help in the event of an emergency. Also, when there are several adults present and children swimming, parents should designate an adult as the “water watcher” to prevent any gaps in supervision.
Fact number 2: No barriers. Curious children, especially those under the age of five, can easily find and fall into pools, tubs and buckets. Often by the time they are discovered, it is too late.
• What you can do: Never leave a child alone when nearby a pool or any body of water, even if it is only a few inches. For residential pool owners, make sure that your pool meets the barrier requirements of Florida Statute 515.29 – after all, it’s the law.
Fact number 3: Weak or no CPR skills. Children who drown and are rescued from the water need CPR immediately before the paramedics arrive. It can prevent damage and is the difference between life and death.
• What you can do: Get certified. Contact your local health department or hospital to find a CPR class near you.
For more information on this topic see, Fla. toddler drowns in backyard swimming pool.