Two children, ages 2 and 4, were injured in separate swimming pool accidents the afternoon of July 1, 2017, Orange County fire officials said. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a 2-year-old boy fell into a backyard spa in a San Juan Capistrano home during a family party. Another child noticed the boy fall in. He was pulled from the water and given CPR. Officials said the boy was alert and crying when he was transported to a local hospital.
The second near drowning happened in Yorba Linda when a 4-year-old boy was found by his uncle who performed CPR. Officials said he was breathing when he was taken to the hospital. The extent of injuries suffered by children is not known.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these two young children and their families. We wish them both the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
The Danger of Near Drowning Accidents
Near-drowning incidents have the potential to cause severe brain damage and long-term disabilities ranging from memory issues and learning disabilities to permanent loss of basic functioning. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50 percent of near-drowning victims who are treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care. For every child who dies from drowning, five others receive emergency medical care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
The Value of CPR and Supervision
Based on this news report, both the children who nearly drowning in Orange County are alive today because someone knew how to give then CPR. Fire officials say they often see these types of calls in the summer and they tend to increase during this time of the year when people gather for pool parties and backyard barbecues. Too often, these drowning and near drowning events occur in crowded pools because everyone things someone else is watching the water. Fire officials are urging everyone to get CPR-trained because, sure enough, it could save lives.
Supervision also saves lives when it comes to young children. Never leave a child unattended in or near the water. Always supervise children – younger or older — when they are in or near the water. Install proper fences, barriers, alarms, and drain covers. Your pool fence should be at least 4 feet tall and should surround the pool on all sides. The water should be accessible only through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool so you know when a young child wanders into the backyard.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, or if you have lost a loved one, please contact an experienced Orange County swimming pool accident lawyer to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.