An El Paso Child Almost Drowned This Week – Don’t Let Yours Be Next
There is nothing prettier than a backyard pool, and, unfortunately for a lot of El Paso children, nothing deadlier. With warmer weather, that means backyard cookouts and kids splashing around in the pool. It also means having to keep your eyes on those kids at all times.
A 1-year-old boy fell into a pool at a home on Byway in East El Paso. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after he was pulled unresponsive from the water around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.
His name has not been released.
We've all heard statistics - children can drown in as little as a couple of inches of water - and the warnings to never let your child near a pool alone, but we all think it's not going to happen to us. If you have a pool, now is the time to make sure no child who can't swim, even big kids, can get outside and to that pool alone. It's also a good idea to make sure that the adults in the house know CPR.
For as little as $50, you can learn CPR. If you think you don't have the money to do a class, think about how much money you spend on that pool every summer with chemicals, electricity to heat it, and even just having cookouts so the family can come over and splash around. It's $50 worth spending. Check out El Paso-CPR, and book a class on CPR.
This video gives you an idea how to perform CPR, but go get certified. You'll be glad you did.
A pool is a great thing to have - just treat it with the respect that you would a moving car. You wouldn't put your kid in front of a vehicle, so don't put your child at risk with your swimming pool.