Drownings in Arizona Rank Nearly Two Times National Average
Pool Safety – This is a very sad fact to report but a fact that needs to be brought to the attention of those who will be at pools with children over the 4th of July. There is a spike in drownings on this holiday likely due to the fact that adult supervision of pools may be at a minimum for various reasons.
I live in Yavapai County. In 2016, having just 2 incidents of the drowning of children aged 0-4 years old is unacceptable. All age groups equaled 5. These are reported incidents, not deaths. Each incident is preventable.
In Maricopa County, where the city of Phoenix and Scottsdale are located, there were a total of 174 incidents of children drowning between 0-4 years old. This is a heartbreaking reality. The total incidents of 275 is an alarming number for all age groups. (stats -azcentral.com) – It should also be noted that Maricopa and Pinal counties are the best at consistently reporting drownings.
A Very Serious Issue Nationwide
Arizona has a vigilant awareness campaign starting in January every year. Even with that campaign, Arizona ranked 4th in the nation in 2017 of the 163 fatal drownings nationwide of children 15 years old and under.
Arizona Ranked Number One For Pools
Arizona is ranked number one in the country for pools per capita at 1 pool for 8,628 people. Florida and Nevada are ranked number 2 and 3 respectively at 1 in 10,367 and 10,814.
Top 10 Cities with Backyard Pools
According to KTAR News and Realtor.com, these are the top 10 medium-to-large cities in the country with the highest percentage of backyard pools.
1. Coral Springs, Florida – 66 percent
2. Scottsdale, Arizona – 62 percent
3. Tempe, Arizona – 46 percent
4. Chandler, Arizona – 40 percent
5. Glendale, Arizona – 37 percent
6. Gilbert, Arizona – 37 percent
7. Clearwater, Florida – 32 percent
8. Clovis, California – 32 percent
9. Mesa, Arizona – 31 percent
10. Plano, Texas – 31 percent
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Top 5 Factors that could increase the risk of a child drowning
* Being new parents of more than one child
* New owners of a pool or a new Arizona resident
* Living at an apartment or condo complex where the pool has minimal fencing
* Multiple children at a gathering
* Underestimating how mobile a child can be
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Why a Spike On Independence Day?
Adults need to be aware of where their children are anytime there is a pool available. The party atmosphere coupled with alcoholic beverages and paying more attention to guests needs, the BBQ, as well as other games, can hinder the supervision of children around the pool.
Everybody thinks that someone else is watching the kids and pool safety. As we know, a drowning can happen in a split-second.
A Supervision Plan Is The Key
There is a pretty simple solution for pool safety, having dedicated sober supervision with another sober adult switching every 15 to 20 minutes is the key. Equally important, turn the cell phones off and avoid any other distractions. Of course, this person should be a good swimmer and there should be someone available in earshot distance in case there is an incident.
Life Vests For Non-Swimmers
Children who cannot swim or are poor swimmers should be in an approved life vest anytime they are in the proximity of the pool or any water. Floaties are considered a toy. Do not be substitute floaties for a life vest to bypass pool safety. No exceptions to this rule.
Again, following these simple rules could save a child’s life.
Have a Safe and Sane Independence Day!
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