Nov 152013

The Tucson Fire Department is sending out a reminder to parents and guardians this weekend following a near drowning late Friday night.

Units from TFD responded to the area of Tanque Verde and Wilmot Road around 10:45 p.m. Friday for a call involving a 1-year-old.

When the first fire crew arrived CPR was being administered by a Tucson police officer, according to a press release. Tucson fire paramedics arrived on scene and immediately transported the child to the hospital for further medical care.    

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four years of age. It is called the “silent killer” because there are no cries for help. Living the “ABC’s” of pool safety is imperative to prevent a near drowning or worse, a drowning:
“A” is active adult supervision. This is the first and most important part. Watch children at all times around water.

“B” is barriers. Have a fence that encloses the pool or spa and make sure the gates are self-closing and self-latching.

“C” is classes. CPR for adults and age appropriate swim lessons for the children. Knowing CPR enables the parent to be a first responder.

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