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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department

Drowning Prevention

Drowning remains a leading cause of unintentional death of Southern Nevada young children. A drowning can occur in seconds and in any body of water which covers the nose and mouth – including pools, bathtubs, buckets or natural bodies of water.

Fatal drownings remains the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1 – 14, according to the Center for Disease Control

Here are the 2011 Clark County statistics:

♦ 37 submersion incidents, 32 of which were in residential pools

♦ Five fatal drownings, four of which were children under 4 years of age

With the swimming season in full swing, I wanted to focus on the A, B, C and D’s of Drowning Prevention, taken from a collaborative brochure published by Clark County under the same title. The creators of the brochure believe that drowning is absolutely preventable by following the simple steps outlined below.

♦ A = Adult - Supervision

♦ B = Barriers - for your pool

♦ C = Classes – swim lessons and CPR

♦ D = Devices - Personal Floatation Devices

With the majority of all drowning deaths occurring in the family pool, it is imperative that we all take a proactive step in prevention drowning. Here are a few more statistics to consider:

♦ It takes 10 seconds to get a towel – a child can become submerged

♦ It takes 2 minutes to answer a telephone – a child can lose consciousness while submerged

♦ It takes 4 – 6 minutes to answer the front door – a child can sustain permanent brain damage or die while submerged

Whether it is your own child or a family friend, be proactive and provide constant supervision of pool related activities. Stepping away for only a few seconds can be a deadly mistake.

John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at

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