Fire officials stress water safety after multiple near drowning incidents

We have yet another reminder about the dangers involving young children around water.

Two separate incidents occurred today where kids had to be rushed to the hospital after they nearly drowned. Thankfully, both of those children are expected to be okay, but fire officials are not taking any chances, especially as the valley begins to heat up.

Fox 10's Jessica Flores has more on today's near-drownings and what officials want parents and adults to learn from all of this.

Arizona has the second-highest child drowning rate for children under four. Firefighters around the valley know that as the temperatures rise, so do the drowning calls. But there are simple steps you can take to make sure your kids stay safe around water.

In Phoenix today, a 14-month old boy had to be pulled from a pool. At the time, he was not breathing. Thankfully, firefighters eventually got the boy breathing again.

In Gilbert, a 6-year-old boy was playing in the pool with his cousin when his cousin noticed he wasn't breathing. He pulled the young boy out and bystanders gave the boy CPR, saving his life.

Today, both children survived, but not everyone is that lucky. According to childsafetyzone.com, nearly 250 people have died from drowning in Pinal and Maricopa County since 2010.

"This is already getting out of hand," said Capt. Benjamin Santillan with the Phoenix Fire Department.

The Phoenix Fire Department wants everyone to remember the ABCs when it comes to water safety.

A is for adult supervision…

"That means watching your children all the time," says Santillan. "That doesn't mean answering the phone when it rings and leaving your child in the bathtub."

B is for barriers...

"Making sure that you know one hundred percent, all the time that your child cannot get into a pool; and also those barriers in your house making sure child is not going through a doggy door," says Santillan.

And C is for classes...

"Classes not only mean learning how to swim, but also CPR classes."

After all, good Samaritans using CPR saved the life of that 6-year-old boy in Gilbert today.

"We as a fire department believe in the ABCs, and we challenge everybody to believe in that it only takes a few seconds for your child or even you to drown," Santillan said.

The Phoenix Firefighters Union offers CPR classes. You can call 602-277-1500 to set up a CPR classe or find a class near you.
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