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Near drowning in Nesconset

Posted 7/16/2019

For the second time in 48 hours, fire and EMS agencies that protect the township have been called to respond to a near drowning involving a two year old. 

At approximately 1743 hours, the Nesconset Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a near drowning on Roseanne Court. Units arrived to find that a two year old fell into a swimming pool. The child was quickly removed, and was conscious and breathing. FD EMS personnel transported the child to the hospital and thankfully the little patient is going to be fine. 

Drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention! Almost 400 children between the ages of 0-14 drown each year!

This seems like a great opportunity to post a few tips relating to swimming pool safety:

1-NEVER leave children unattended in or near the water!

Always watch children when they’re in or near water, and never leave them unattended. Designate an official Water Watcher, an adult tasked with supervising children in the water. That should be their only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting or playing games on their phone. Have a phone close by at all times in case you need to call for help, and if a child is missing, check the pool first.

Even if a lifeguard is present, parents and caregivers should still take the responsibility of being a designated Water Watcher. When any lifeguard chair is empty, the remaining lifeguards may not be able to see the entire pool and when lifeguards are seated in low chairs, their view can be blocked by patrons in the pool.


2-Teach Children how to swim.

Swimming is not only fun, it’s a lifesaving skill. Enroll children in swimming lessons; there are many free or reduced-cost options available from your local YMCA, USA Swimming chapter or Parks and Recreation Department.


3-Teach Children to stay away from pool drains.

Do not play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools, and never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. When using a spa, be sure to locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water. Virginia Graeme Baker, after whom the Pool and Spa Safety Acti is named, died from drowning due to a suction entrapment from a faulty drain cover. All public pools and spas must have drain grates or covers that meet safety standards to avoid incidents like the one that took Graeme’s life. Powerful suction from a pool or spa drain can even trap an adult.


4-Install and maintain the proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.

Proper fences, barriers, alarms and covers can be lifesaving devices. A fence of at least four feet in height should surround the pool or spa on all sides and should not be climbable for children. The water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Teach children to never try to climb over the gate or fence. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area, and keep pool and spa covers in working order.


 5-Learn CPR!

Often, bystanders are the first to aid a drowning victim, so learning CPR can help save a life. And once you’re CPR certified, make sure to keep your certification current. CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, or by contacting the American Red Cross.


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