Pools Are Opening: What Safe Adults Need To Know About Water Safety

Police in Las Vegas are giving public service announcements by showing a video of adults and children who seemed to be having a fun day at a swimming pool.

What viewers may not have noticed at first glance is that a child had fallen into deep water. Almost two minutes pass before anyone notices, and the young boy is pulled out. Luckily, the child survived.

However, two children drowned just days apart, also in Las Vegas, earlier this year.

According to police, the first incident happened on March 16. A three-year-old boy was found unconscious in a family pool. Despite CPR attempts, the boy died after arriving at a hospital.

The second incident occurred a few days later. A three-year-old girl was found in her family's backyard pool. She also died at the hospital.

According to police, both families had no previous contact with Child Protection Services (CPS) investigators.

Authorities said the deaths of the two children were "tragic accidents."

They also reminded parents about the "ABCDs" of pool safety:

  • A – Adult supervision, which is the most important.
  • B – Barriers around bodies of water.
  • C – Classes in which children learn how to swim and parents learn how to provide CPR.
  • D – Devices, including floaties, and technological gadgets that can be placed in pool areas that alert adults when there's movement.

Ricardo Torres-Cortez "Recent child drownings prompt Metro's urgent call for pool safety" lasvegassun.com (Mar. 24, 2021).

Commentary and Checklist

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website show that approximately 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of these 10 victims, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States.

The video that the police presented clearly shows that drowning can happen in an instant. It also shows that just because there are adults around, drowning won’t happen.

Following are tips from the National Safety Council:

  • "Never leave your children alone. If you need to leave, take them with you.
  • Enroll your children in age-appropriate swim lessons. However, just because your children have taken swim lessons, they are not "drown-proof."
  • Always swim in areas where there are lifeguards supervising. However, you also need to remember that lifeguards are not babysitters. You must always keep your eyes on your children.
  • Do not let your children play around drains and suction fittings.
  • Never consume alcohol when you are watching your children near bodies of water, especially if you are operating a boat or any other water vessel.
  • If you will ride a boat or any other water vessel, always make sure that everyone is wearing U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
  • Never underestimate the power of water. Even lakes and rivers can have undertows.
  • Get CPR training.
  • Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy.
  • Whenever a child is missing, check the water first."
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