Firefighters ask parents to learn the ABCs of water safety

There have been two drowning incidents in the valley this week. On Sunday a 2-year-old in Tempe nearly drowned after falling into a pool with no fence. And a 5-year-old boy in Glendale died Wednesday night after climbing over a fence.

- There have been two drowning incidents in the valley this week. On Sunday a 2-year-old in Tempe nearly drowned after falling into a pool with no fence. And a 5-year-old boy in Glendale died Wednesday night after climbing over a fence.

The Glendale Fire Department wants parents to be extra diligent and remind parents of the ABC's of water safety.

"It's something that can happen year round, we've had unfortunate drownings in the winter times just like we've had in the summer," said Michael Young.

With the recent drownings around the valley, Michael Young with the Glendale Fire Department is hoping parents will pay attention to the ABC's of water safety.

A is for adult supervision. "If your job is to be watching a child, you know keep an eye on the child," said Michael Young.

B is for barriers. "Encourage people to have self-closing sliding glass doors, that the handle is put up where the child cannot reach. Pool fences that are locked, pool nets, any type of barrier between that child and a water hazard," he said.

C is for classes. "Encouraging parents to get CPR certified as well as giving their children swim lessons," said Young.

There have been two drownings in the last month in Glendale, one of those was fatal.

Young says tragic accidents like this can happen within minutes in the smallest amount of water.

"People tend to forget that things other than pools can harm a child, so the canal, lake, or even a dogs water dish. Infants can unfortunately fall into that and it can only take an infant one inch of water to drown," said Young.


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