MEDIA RELEASE

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Holiday Period Increases the Chances of Water Related Incidents

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A two year old boy was found in a backyard pool at 9:36 a.m. in the 100 block of Mallard Street Sunday morning by a family member.  A 13 year old family member was doing CPR on the toddler when members of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue arrived on scene.  The toddler was given advance life support by paramedics of LVFR and transported to the UMC Pediatrics Unit.  Family members said it was unknown how long the child was in the pool.

The incident occurred in a newly purchased above ground swimming pool (approximately four feet high) that the family was getting ready for the Fourth of July holiday.  They had put the pool together yesterday and left a garden hose in the pool to fill overnight.  They took the ladder away and left it inside the pool so the children could not climb in.  But there was a plastic box nearby where they believe the child climbed up on and fell into the pool.  The pool  had several pool toys in it and the child may have been trying to retrieve one of the toys. It was estimated that there was approximately two feet of water in the pool.

The child was taken to the hospital by LVFR paramedics, condition is unknown at this time.

One of the leading reasons of accidental death for children less than four years of age in Southern Nevada is water related incidents that result in drowning. On average, eight children drown each year in Southern Nevada.  With the Fourth of July holiday period comes increased activities with water and the potential for water related accidents.

Regardless of what type of water source such as a swimming pool, spa, stream, river, or lake, people need to remember and practice the A-B-C-Ds of drowning prevention:

A – Adult Supervision. A responsible adult needs to have eye contact and within reach of all children while they are in any type water.

 B – Barriers. A barrier around the pool itself is one of the best ways to help prevent tragedy. If you are on a boat or outside camping, consider child restraint devices such as a playpen to keep children in while they are near outside water bodies.

 C – Classes. Classes in C.P.R. is a must for anyone that has a swimming pool or that visit outside water sources on a regular basis. Other classes to consider are swimming classes or safe boating classes.

 D – Devices. An approved personal flotation device is recommended for children when they are near any type of water source, including swimming pools and they cannot swim. Children should wear an approved flotation device any time they are out in an outside body of water, especially on a watercraft or while engaged in an activity near water, such as fishing.

In almost every case, drowning is preventable. For more information about drowning prevention and water safety, contact the Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition at www.sndcpc.org.

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