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Swimming Pool Accident a Tragic Reminder of Summer Risks

A recent swimming pool accident in Johnston County has claimed the life of a 15-month-old.

According to local officers, the young girl drowned in the swimming pool in her family’s back yard. Officers were called to the scene just before 3:00 p.m. and attempted to perform CPR on her although she was already unresponsive, according to the Associated Press.

The girl was transported to WakeMed hospital in Raleigh. She was pronounced dead just two hours later. Her death is still being investigated. Swimming pool accidents claim 10 lives a day. Of these fatalities on average, two are usually kids who are younger than 15-years-old.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the country. During the summertime, residents and visitors are outside and the period between July Fourth and Labor Day is the height of the swimming season. Children are outside splashing around in the pool, and playing with their friends. The number of drowning accidents typically skyrockets during this time of the year, too.

Parents and guardians are warned now: never take your eye off children when they’re playing in our around a pool, make sure that your pool is child-proof, and make sure that you take all of the proper safety measures.

From 2005 to 2008, there were nearly 4,000 people who drowned (non-boat-related accidents) in the U.S. About a fifth of these victims were young children. For each child who dies, another 5 are sent to emergency rooms and treated for related injuries, which can often result in life-changing conditions. Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of long-term injury in near-drowning accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About half of all of the victims of drowning accidents who are treated in an E.R. require further hospitalization or must be transferred for further care. Some of the most severe consequences of these kinds of accidents can be permanent learning disabilities, permanent memory problems as well as a permanent loss of basic functioning.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety:

-Make sure that your pool at home is completely fenced in. Make sure that the fence doors are locked whenever there isn’t an adult nearby.

-If you use a cover on your pool, make sure that it’s completely covered every time.

-If you cannot find your child, you should look in the pool first.

-If you have an above ground pool, remove steps and ladders when the pool is not being used.

-Always keep rescue equipment nearby.

-Keep a cell phone or a house phone nearby at all times for quick access in the event of an emergency.

-Consider learning First-Aid and CPR to be able to help victims while emergency response teams arrive at an accident scene.

-Always supervise swimming children.

-Never substitute flotation devices for supervision.

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