Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters responded to a reported drowning in the 8600 block of Edwin St. shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2013.
Firefighter/Paramedics arrived at the single family residence and found deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department performing CPR on a one-year-old boy. Firefighter/Paramedics quickly provided advanced life support care, loaded him into an ambulance and transported him to a local hospital where he regained a pulse. Just two weeks later, the toddler succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Although the spa and swimming pool were properly equipped with an isolation fence, it appears the gate was left open and the boy wandered into the pool area. After a parent discovered he was not playing amongst the other children, he was found in the spa and the parent immediately dialed 9-1-1.
This is the second toddler drowning that Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters have responded to in as many weeks. Around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25th, police and firefighters responded to a three-year-old boy that had slipped under water in a backyard spa while other children were in the pool. The boy later died at a local hospital.
The Fire District offers families these safety tips to prevent drowning – an unintentional injury that is 100% preventable. Simply follow the water safety ABCs:
· Active adult supervision – Designate an adult as the “water watcher” when children are in or around water. If the adult needs to leave the pool area for any reason, designate another adult to fill that role. The “water watcher” should actively supervise, avoiding distractions such as reading or talking on the phone, and stay within reach of the child(ren).
· Barriers – Placing a barrier, such as an isolation fence, around the pool will help limit access to the pool area. Be sure to keep the gate closed at all times and remove any patio furniture or toys that a child might use to climb over the fence. Alarms on the doors and windows that lead to the pool area are effective barriers, but disconnecting or silencing the alarms defeats their purpose.
· Classes – Swimming lessons and CPR classes are recommended. Although swimming lessons won’t make a child drown proof, the classes are designed to build confidence in the water. Additionally, CPR classes are important for everyone to take. It’s a simple skill that could literally save the life of a loved one. Information on both swimming lessons and CPR classes can be found in the City’s Grapevine publication as well as RCPark.com.
For more information about drowning prevention, please contact the Fire District at (909) 477-2770 or visit RCFire.org.