YUMA, Ariz. – August is drowning impact awareness month statewide in Arizona. Within one month, roughly 280 people will die from unintentional drowning in the U.S.
“The Governor proclaimed it for the state, and Mayor Nicholls has made the proclamation for the City of Yuma,” Yuma Fire’s Mike Erfert said.
He said though the season for summer vacations is wrapping up, everyone should still be on high alert.
Little ones under the age of four have the greatest risk of drowning, and it can happen in some potentially unexpected places. Erfert said a tragedy can occur in mere inches of water.
“Five gallon container with water in it. Child looking into it, up ends into it. The water keeps them from tipping the bucket over, but it also keeps them from getting out.”
He urges parents to remember the ABC’s of drowning prevention
A — adult supervision at all times.
“One case, one of our paramedics was at a pool party, and saw a child suffer a medical emergency and sank in the pool. Saw that happen was able to get the child out.”
B — barrier fencing, and C is for CPR, an important skill that could one day save a life.