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Monday, June 24, 2013

LAC: DROWNING FATALITY IN BACKYARD POOL Just A Few Seconds Is All It Takes For Toddler To Die

County of Los Angeles

Fire Department


 NEWS RELEASE
FIRE CAPTAIN TOM RICHARDS

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (323) 881-2413

Date:  June 24, 2013
FIRE CHIEF DARYL L. OSBY
1320 N. Eastern Avenue
Los AngelesCA  90063

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact:  LACoFD Public Affairs                                                                                                                 
(323) 881-2413

DROWNING FATALITY IN BACKYARD POOL
Just A Few Seconds Is All It Takes

PALMDALE – A second young child in a week’s time was airlifted to a hospital on Friday due to a drowning incident in a local backyard swimming pool.  Sadly, the toddler in this incident was discovered by his father in the family’s backyard pool.  He initiated CPR with the assistance of the 9-1-1 operator until the arrival of paramedics, but his son could not be saved.

Summer is a time for food, family and water fun.  Don’t let swimming dangers bring tragedy to your home.  There is an average of 120 drowning incidents in Los Angeles County each year.  JUST A FEW SECONDS is all it takes for a life to be lost to this silent killer.  

Most of the toddlers and infants who have drowned in backyard pools or spas were thought to be somewhere else in the home.  Never take your eyes off a child when he or she is in or near any body of water, even for a second.  Make sure your child swims only where a responsible adult is in charge.  Keep toys and other tempting playthings out of the water and away from the pool or spa.  Children will do most anything to get to play with these.  For more information, please contact our Public Information Office at (323) 881-2411.

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