Today I was out back cleaning the pool when my DD started to scream.  I thought she got stung by a bee or maybe fell and skinned her knee.  I was trying hard to get her to tell me what was wrong, but she could only point to the hot tub.  I looked and saw nothing.  It was covered with dark green allgy and full of leaves.  I took a second look and barely saw the top of my son's head.  He's only a year old.  We will praise God the he is alive and well.  He was only under the water for less than 30 seconds, but had my DD not have screamed the way she did....

 Please be aware that there was absolutly NO SPASHING when he went under.  I was standing right next to the hot tub and heard nothing.  He fell right in without making a sound and went striaght down to the bottom.

My son is fine, but I hope that this will remind people the dangers of pools with small children.  It was a big wake up call for me and my son will not be going into the back yard again without a life jacket on.  Even if we are not going out to swim.  He is just too important to me to allow this to happen agian. I'm soo mad at myself.  It shouldn't have happened the first time.  Kids are just too quick.

This almost happened to me.  Please don't let it happen to you!

 

Statistics on Pool Drowning of Children and Adults in the United States.

 

  • Six people drown in U.S. pools every day. Many of these pools are public facilities staffed with certified professional lifeguards.

    Centers for Disease Control
     

  • Drowning is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in the United States, claiming 4,000 lives annually. Approximately one-third are children under the age of 14.

    American Institute for Preventive Medicine
     

  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children under the age of 15.

    National Center for Health Statistics
     

  • A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone.

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
     

  • 19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.

    Drowning Prevention Foundation
     

  • A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under.

    Orange County California Fire Authority
     

  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
     

  • For every child who drowns, four are hospitalized for near drowning.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
     

  • An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to near-drownings each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.

    Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention
     

  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less.

    Orange County, CA, Fire Authority
     

  • In 10 states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington - drowning surpasses all other causes of death to children age 14 and under.

    Orange County, CA, Fire Authority

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singe...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:13 AM Wow I am so glad that your son is alright. I know I have an innate fear of pools  for many of those reasons. OUr local pool is staffed by highchoolers many of whom are there only to get a tan and see hot guys or girls, which is why I refuse to allow my youngest one to go with his brothers. thankfully we know have ahome pool and I have already explained the rules of pool use including teh fact that the ladder will be removed every night and locked away.

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niece...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Thank you for the reminder that there are so many dangers for little ones during the summer.  I'm glad your baby is doing fine.

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luv_m...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 10:53 AM So glad to hear your little one is ok!  Thank you for posting your personal story as a reminder of how quick accidents in the home can happen!

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laura...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM So glad to hear your son is ok!  How scary!!

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chels...
Jun. 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM i am sooo happy your son is ok and you should really thank your dd... yu must have taught her right by her knowing to scream... THANK GOD!! im glad you posted this b/c im getting a kiddie pool on friday i babysit a 4 year old and an 11 month old and then my dd which is 4 1/2 months... i think im going to invest in life jackets just for the kiddie pool!!

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