The City of Aliso Viejo is reminding residents the importance of water safety, especially in light of yet another near-drowning event. A 3-year-old boy nearly drowned when he accessed an unfenced backyard pool in Irvine.
To date, there have been 83 near-drowning incidents and 29 fatalities in Orange County. Drownings are 100 percent preventable, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
“Most drowning incidents occur because someone was distracted and lapsed in paying attention,” OCFA Division Chief Bryan Brice said. “Children and adults drown without a sound.”Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death in children ages 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can be quick, quiet and can happen anywhere. Bathtubs, pools, buckets and even toilets are common places young children drown. Tragically, most drownings happen at home, in backyard swimming pools.The Orange County Fire Authority on its website, http://www.ocfa.org, offers drowning prevention information and advice on what to do if you find a person in a pool. In addition, the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center at 29 Santa Barbara Drive offers swim lessons year-round.
For more information, call 949-716-3333 or visit http://www.swimoc.com.