ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix fire official says number of child drownings heading in wrong direction

Jun 10, 2024, 4:35 AM

A Phoenix fire official said the number of drownings involving children is heading in the wrong dir...

A Phoenix fire official said the number of drownings involving children is heading in the wrong direction as summer nears. (Phoenix Fire Photo)

(Phoenix Fire Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix fire official said the number of drownings involving children is heading in the wrong direction as summer nears.

The Phoenix Fire Department has responded to 26 drowning related incidents so far this year, which have resulted in seven deaths.

Five of those deaths were children under five and another two were adults. Most of the calls involved children.

This comes as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates child drownings are increasing nationwide, citing a 12% increase from 2020 to 2021. That’s the latest timeframe with available data, according to the commission’s report.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott Douglas’ goal is getting the message of water safety out to as many people as possible.

“So, those people may be coming from areas where they don’t use swimming pools a whole lot or they don’t have a pool,” Douglas said.

With several hot months ahead, 2024 will likely outpace or at least be at par with 2023 for pediatric swimming deaths in the city of Phoenix.

In all of 2023, there was a total of 44 drowning incidents in Phoenix, resulting in five pediatric deaths and 14 adult deaths.

Douglas added that areas like Maryvale and South Phoenix tend to see more calls for water-related incidents and the department is focusing on these areas.

He also emphasized that everyone needs to be familiar with water safety.

“We did have a seven-year-old child at a pool that did not have a fence around it. No matter how old these kids are they still need to be watched around water.”

That child is expected to make a fully recovery.

How can I help prevent child drownings?

The three major tops for water safety are:

1. Adult supervision – Always monitor children visually when in or near water. Adults should also avoid swimming alone.
2. Barriers – Put up pool fencing or barriers around residential pools so children cannot access the pool at unintended times.
3. Classes – Get kids swimming classes and have them wear life jackets.

For Douglas, the biggest point of emphasis is adult supervision.

Douglas also recommends adults should avoid drinking alcohol while swimming.

“We just want to make sure people understand not watching your kids around water, even if just for two seconds, can have a traumatic outcome,” Douglas said.

Learn more about swimming classes and other resources at the city of Phoenix’s website.

Learn more about water safety tips at the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.

KTAR News and Fulton Homes want to remind you that two seconds is too long to take your eyes off kids near water. To learn more about this campaign, visit the website.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Bipartisan state budget of $16 billion passes in Arizona Legislature...

ktar.com

Weekend Wrap: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from June 14-16

From Arizona lawmakers passing a controversial bipartisan state budget to a fire blazing north of Fountain Hills, here are some of the biggest news stories in the Valley over the weekend.

2 hours ago

A man is dead after he was shot overnight in north phoenix....

KTAR.com

Parking dispute leaves Phoenix man dead in overnight shooting

A man is dead after he was shot overnight in north Phoenix.

2 hours ago

A 2-year-old girl died after falling into a backyard pool in Phoenix....

KTAR.com

2-year-old girl found dead in Phoenix backyard pool

Detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl who was found in a backyard pool on Saturday in Phoenix.

4 hours ago

Firefighting crews are battling the Riverside Fire north of Fountain Hills. (Tonto National Forest ...

KTAR.com

Bartlett Lake recreational areas north of Fountain Hills evacuated for Riverside Fire

The recreational areas near Bartlett Lake have been evacuated as firefighters battle the Riverside Fire north of Fountain Hills.

5 hours ago

A 2-year-old boy died after he was found in a backyard jacuzzi Saturday. (Pixabay photo)...

KTAR.com

2-year-old boy found in west Phoenix jacuzzi dies

Detectives are investigating the death of a two-year-old boy who was found in a backyard jacuzzi on Saturday in west Phoenix.

6 hours ago

State's new budget a sore spot for attorney general - Here's why...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona AG ‘extremely disappointed’ with state budget cuts to opioid settlement funds

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes released a statement saying she is "extremely disappointed" with the state's new budget on Saturday.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Phoenix fire official says number of child drownings heading in wrong direction