Near Drowning in Southwest Houston, The Houston Fire Department Offers Safety Tips
The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a child near-drowning in a townhome complex in the 14000 block of Perthshire earlier today, August 10, 2011. Upon arrival, firefighters found the child was out of the pool and awake and crying. The child was transported to a local hospital.
As of today, there have been 13 children who drowned in the greater Houston area this year and 73 in Texas. The greater Houston area leads the state in child drownings, followed by Dallas and San Antonio areas with 12 drownings each. Nearly 60 percent of these drowning incidents occurred in pools.
HFD Offers the following safety tips when in and around water and pools:
* Active, focused, adult supervision is the most important safety measure to prevent a water-related tragedy involving a child.
* Use approved flotation devices
* If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately.
* Bring a cell phone to the pool in case of emergency
* Make sure there is no standing water on the pool deck.
* Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. No Running on the pool deck!
* Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. REMEMBER- Swimming lessons do not make your child “Drown-Proof"!
* Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy
* Watch for dangerous "TOOs"- Too Tired, Too Cold, Too Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity
* Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.
Teach Your Kids these Safety Tips -
* Always swim with a buddy
* Don't dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.
* Don't push or jump on others in or around water
* Swim in supervised areas only
* Obey all rules and posted signs
HFD also recommends parents and guardians learn CPR. Seconds count if a person drowns and performing CPR quickly and correctly can save their life. For more information on local CPR classes, please contact the American Red Cross, your local hospitals or medical schools.