For Immediate Release

Contact:  Tim Szymanski, Public Relations Committee Chair
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Toddler Nearly Drowns After Falling Into Septic Tank
Incident Occurred While Visiting Relatives

A toddler nearly drowned after falling into a septic tank behind a relative’s home in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley last week.  The toddle remains in the hospital.

Las Vegas firefighters were called to the home and found the toddler was already out of the tank when they arrived on scene.  The toddler was then transported to the hospital by firefighters. 

The toddler was visiting a relative’s home with his family and was playing in the backyard, where the home’s underground septic tank had recently been serviced.  A new plastic tank cover, similar to a manhole cover, was installed on the opening to the tank.  It is believed the tank cover was not secured properly and, while playing in the backyard, the toddler walked or jumped on the cover and it flipped, causing the toddler to fall into the tank.

The toddler’s father went looking for the child.  When the father found the tank opening uncovered, he jumped into the tank and retrieved the child, who was lifeless but started breathing by the time firefighters arrived on scene.

The incident points out that near drowning and drowning incidents do not occur only in swimming pools.  Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death of children under the age of 14 in Southern Nevada, especially toddlers.

It takes less than a glass of water to cause a child to drown.  Besides swimming pools, some other areas that are potential hazards include:

  • Hot tubs or spas
  • Bathtubs
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Buckets of water
  • Fountains
  • Small fish ponds in yards
  • Lake, ponds, rivers
  • Any type of tank that holds liquids
  • Any other place where water or liquids are kept

The Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition (SNCDPC) suggests you inspect both the inside and outside of your home on a regular basis and look for potential hazards which can cause a child to drown.

And remember the A-B-C-Ds of Drowning Prevention:

A – Adult Supervision
B – Barriers
C – Learn C.P.R.
D – Devices

 More information about drowning and prevention can be found elsewhere on SNCDPC’s website: