Tuesday Jun 19 2012
Folsom toddler drowns in pool
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
Investigation finds nothing suspicious
With the summer beginning today, parents need to remember to keep an extra eye on young swimmers. Just before 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11, the Folsom Fire Department responded to the report of an accidental drowning in the pool of a single-family residence on Porter Road in Folsom, said Sgt. Jason Browning, Folsom Police Department public information officer. When fire personnel arrived on scene, they found a father administering CPR to his unresponsive toddler, Browning said. Medics from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department rushed the young girl to an area hospital, where despite lifesaving efforts, the 3-year-old was pronounced dead. ?That is the sixth recorded child drowning in (recent weeks) in the Sacramento area,? said Folsom Fire Chief Ron Phillips. ?With the warmer weather, this is something that we are seeing more of in the region. This is something that parents need to be aware of in the summer months.? The Folsom Police Department conducted an investigation into the drowning, but found nothing suspicious that would suggest any criminal liability on behalf of the family, Browning said. It was determined the child had been out of her father?s sight for less than five minutes. Browning said Monday?s incident serves as a tragic reminder for parents to educate themselves to prevent accidental drowning. Browning said guardians should actively supervise children around water at all times, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency. They should also make sure the pool has four-sided fencing and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. In addition, hot tubs should be covered and locked when not in use. Another prevention method is to install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised, Browning said. He also suggests teaching children to never go near or in water without an adult present. Parents can also enroll children 4 and older in swimming lessons to help teach water safety techniques. He said it?s important to teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the pool edge. It is also vital to learn CPR and know how to respond in water emergencies, Browning said. For more information, visit safekids.org.