Yuma Fire give tips for drowning prevention

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.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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