FOLSOM, CA - A toddler drowned at a Folsom home pool Monday evening.
El Dorado Hills fire crews responded to the home on the 400 block of Porter Road around 6 p.m. to find the father giving the 3 ½ year-old girl CPR, Sgt. Jason Browning said.
Medics rushed the girl to an area hospital, where she later died.
Browning said police investigated the incident and found that the drowning was accidental; the child left the father's sight for less than five minutes.
This is the third drowning within two weeks, plus three near drownings in Sacramento County.
Browning provided six tips to help prevent drowning:
- Actively supervise your children around water at all times, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency.
- Make sure your pool has four-sided fencing and a self-closing, self-latching gate to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised. In addition, hot tubs should be covered and locked when not in use.
- Install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
- From the start, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
- Enroll your child in swimming lessons after age 4 - typically the earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.
- Learn CPR and know how to respond in water emergencies.