At 5:51 p.m. on Monday, June 11, the Folsom Fire Department responded to the report of an accidental drowning in the pool of a single family residence on Porter Road in Folsom.
When fire personnel arrived on scene, they found a father administering CPR to his unresponsive toddler daughter. Medics from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department rushed the young girl to an area hospital, where despite lifesaving efforts, the 3-and-a-half- year-old was pronounced dead.
The Folsom Police Department conducted an investigation into the drowning, but found nothing suspicious that would suggest any criminal liability on behalf of the family. It was determined the child had been out of her father’s sight for less than five minutes.
Monday’s incident serves as a tragic reminder for parents to educate themselves to prevent accidental drowning.
1. Actively supervise your children around water at all times, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency.
2. 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.
3. Install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
4. From the start, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
5. 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.
6. Learn CPR and know how to respond in water emergencies.
These helpful tips are courtesy of safekids.org.