The city of Avondale is sharing the message that just as drowning is unintentional, it is also preventable. Everyone has the ability and responsibility to arm up with knowledge to have a safe household around water.
It is always suggested to only be an arm’s length away from young children around water, even if they can swim. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. It is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4.
“Never presume that someone else is supervising them,” said Avondale Fire-Medical Community Outreach Coordinator Sue Anglin. “Death and injury from drowning happen not just in pools, but also in natural bodies of water — canals, toilets, bathtubs and even buckets.”
Those with swimming pools should understand safety barriers can be one of the most important life-saving tools.
Avondale’s building division offers free swimming pool barrier safety inspections for property owners who wish to have a courtesy review of their property. Tenants who have concerns about pool safety at their rental home should contact the city, too; however, tenants will need to contact their landlord for any possible modifications needed to the property.
For a free inspection, call 623-333-4005.
Parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), regardless of whether they have a swimming pool. Many organizations, including local fire departments and recreation departments, offer CPR certification courses all year. Also, swim lessons are important and can help prevent drowning but do not replace supervision. Classes are taught at the local YMCA and offered at neighboring community pools.