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Drowning matters every day, not just every May

‘NOT ON MY WATCH’

Drowning injuries and fatalities are so commonplace that the stories could fill up whole newspapers.

The CDC estimates that about 10 people die from drowning in the U. S. every day.

Children ages 1 through 4 have the highest drowning rates and most of those drownings happen in home swimming pools.

Drowning events are real, tragic, frequently preventable, and much more than just statistics. There are measures that service technicians can take to promote drowning awareness.

Speak to parents about removing toys and other temptations from the pool area.

Encourage parents to learn about the layers of protection:pool covers, gates and alarms.

Remind parents there is no substitution for total supervision around the pool area.

Service professionals are in peoples’ backyards every day, and in a unique position to point out danger areas, but may not do so unless the drowning problem is brought home to them.

To that end, the following is a description of just some of the drowning incidents that have recently occurred.

Broward County, Florida, December 8 —

A 2-year-old boy was pronounced deceased after he was found unresponsive in the swimming pool when he got out of the home undetected while being watched by an extended relative.

Peoria, Illinois, December 7 —

17-year-old Jacob Look was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was found unconscious in his parents’ hot tub the night prior. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died despite aggressive resuscitation efforts.

Palm Beach, Florida, December 26 —

A 3-year-old child was pronounced deceased after he was found unresponsive in the swimming pool when he got out of the home undetected.

Chicago, Illinois, Dec 28 —

5-year-old Tabitha Shields was pronounced dead at the hospital after she was found unresponsive at the Ritz-Carlton swimming pool.

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