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Boy nearly drowns

2-year-old from Saugus airlifted to Childrens Hospital

Posted: May 19, 2008 2:01 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Moments later, he is loaded on a helicopter and airlifted by the county Fire Dept. to Los Angeles Childrens Hospital.

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A 2-year-old boy is being treated for injuries after he fell and nearly drowned in a pool at his Saugus home on Sunday afternoon. He was immediately transported to Central Park, where a county Fire Department helicopter airlifted him to Los Angeles Childrens Hospital for further treatment.

Det. Dan Finn of the The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station stated that the near-drowning occurred at a residence near Vista Delgado Drive and Vista Encantada Drive in Saugus. He also stated that the child's mother was present at the time that her son fell into the pool; the mother was at her son's side during the airlift.

It was the second time in as many days that a child fell into a pool. On Saturday, a 3-year-old girl drowned at the community pool in the Tesoro del Valle development near Valencia.

Sheriff's officials and the county Fire Dept. encouraged residents to be vigilant in watching their children around bodies of water.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 280 drowning deaths of children aged five and under occur each year in swimming pools. The commission also stated that several thousand children who nearly drown are treated in emergency rooms for pool submersion injuries.

"Parents need to understand any pool poses a drowning risk," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "No one layer of protection is foolproof to prevent drowning in pools. Use as many layers of protection as possible. Multiple barriers and constant supervision are essential to protecting children."

Among the layers or protection that Stratton recommended include barriers, such as self-closing, self-latching gates completely surrounding residential pools. If such gates are not practical, he recommended the use of alarm on doors leading to the pool area or a power safety cover over the pool.

Stratton also recommended that parents and young adults should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The American Academy of Pediatrics provided several safety precautions to prevent drowning, such as:

- Teaching children over the age of five to swim;
- Provide constant adult supervision at all pools, lakes and beaches;
- If at a public pool or waterway, ensure there is a lifeguard on-duty and close-by;
- Teach children never to swim alone.

"No one layer of protection is foolproof to prevent drowning in pools," said Stratton. "Use as many layers of protection as possible. Multiple barriers and constant supervision are essential to protecting children."

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