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Fire volunteers go door-to-door to talk drowning prevention

PHOENIX — The Thursday drowning of a 2-year-old girl in a pool near 75th Avenue and Thomas led 30 Phoenix Fire Department volunteers to take action Tuesday morning.

The volunteers went door-to-door to homes near where the drowning happened to remind people about having fences around their pools and keeping their kids around water.

Phoenix Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer said the swimming pool isn’t the only place where kids can get into trouble.

“Any water source is a threat,” he said. “It could be a bucket of water. It could be a bathtub. It could be an unprotected toilet with the lid open. It could be an ice chest filled with melted ice. t could be a doggie dish filled with water. We have documented cases of young children who are so small that they can crawl but they aren’t yet walking, and they can go face down into a doggie dish with as little as two inches of water and drown in that water source. Our message today is really one of prevention.”

Ketterer said volunteers knocked on every door. If no one was home, they left a pamphlet giving tips about keeping kids safe around water.


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