MIAMI, FL—On July 18, 2011, a Deltona toddler became the eighth child under the age of 4 to drown in a Volusia County swimming pool since the beginning of this year. According to information provided by the Daytona Beach News Journal, the recent drowning death has spurred county authorities and other organizations to take additional steps to advocate pool safety.
Reports indicated a young girl managed to sneak past her parents, as well as an older sibling, and fall into her family’s pool sometime before 7:39 p.m. The 21-month-old child’s parents noticed their daughter Rocio Vazquez Naranjo was not present and eventually found her unconscious in the pool.
Upon pulling her out of the pool, which was located in the backyard of the family’s house on 2064 Apricot Drive, family members rushed the unresponsive tot to a nearby home, where an unidentified resident performed CPR on her pending the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) crews.
Although officials from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Deltona Fire Department responded to the Deltona residence and had the child rushed to Orange City-based Florida Hospital Fish Memorial via EVAC Ambulance, her condition proved fatal around 8:30 p.m.
According to the Volusia County Health Department’s public information officer, Stefany Strong, “We all agree enough is enough… We don’t want to lose any more lives.” The Health Department and Florida Hospital Memorial Center are working with the Daytona Beach Fire Department, the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and Safe Kids USA in an attempt to put an end to child drowning deaths.
Billboards and bus bench messages to be installed this month will encourage parents to keep a close eye on their children to prevent potentially fatal accidents. Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s marketing director Danielle Zili maintained, “We noticed a pattern and decided to be more proactive… It’s purely for the benefit of the kids.”
According to data provided by the Department of Health, drowning is the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 1 and 4. Furthermore, Florida’s drowning death rate for children in that age group is the highest in the nation.
The Miami injury law firm of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A. urged Florida parents to consider the following pool safety tips to prevent future drowning injuries and deaths:
• TEACH KIDS TO SWIM
• Make sure children comprehend fundamental pool safety rules before they enter the water
• MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN ADULT
• Check the pool area before any other location if a child wanders off
• Install child proof pool fences around home swimming pools
• Make sure to have a phone nearby, in case of emergency
• Cover and lock saunas when they are not in use
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