Experts Warn About Kids And Water
(Southaven, MS) Rose Logan lives in Southaven and called 911 Tuesday night right after she heard her neighbors screaming, “One of her family members found her and they did CPR and the ambulance came.”
The family who lives just behind Logan was looking for their toddler just before someone found the young girl inside the family pool.
The condition of the child is unknown. This is the second drowning incident in the Mid South in the past 4 days. And according to Susan Helms with Safe Kids at Le Bonheur they have treated 11 drowning cases just since April.
“Certainly our youngest children, the ones that need supervision the most are the one at the most dangers, especially age 4 and under,” said Helms.
Both cases this week were toddlers. Helms warns adults drownings can happen in seconds and they are silent.
“I’m not talking on the phone, I’m not texting. You think that you are paying attention when you are texting but you’re really not. Your mind is on the text, you must have your mind on the children,” said Helms about actively watching children.
Jack Cantrell with Pool Sharks Incorporated said started in January 2011 Tennessee Law requires all new and renovated pools to have alarms.
“The coping mount alarm would mount right here to the side ( the pool) and it has a infrared beam that travels across the water line and any disturbing of the actual water line such as waves or an increase in height, sounds off the alarm,” explained Cantrell.
However Cantrell, along with Helms warn that no fence or alarm is better than human eyes actively watching when it comes to kids and water.