County of Brant OPP are asking for people to take extra precautions around children and pools after a two-year-old was found unresponsive in an inflatable pool.
Provincial police officers and Brantford-Brant paramedics responded to a call on Friday at 5:35 p.m. on Mount Pleasant Road.
Investigators says a two-year-old child climbed onto a chair and fell into an inflatable pool. When the child was found and pulled from the water, the child regained consciousness and began to breath. The child was taken to a local hospital for further observation.
The OPP is issuing a special pool safety reminder to all parents and caregivers of small children.
“The most common cause of drowning of children between the ages 1-4 is backyard pools,” reads a statement from the OPP. “The following recommendations will go a long way to save lives and ensure everyone has a safe an enjoyable warm weather season.
• Pool owners should erect a 4′ high, 4-sided fence with self-closing and latching gates.
• Always stay within sight and reach of young children.
• Learn how to swim or have an experienced swimmer with the child at all times, and someone who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
• Sign your children up for swimming lessons.
• Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment available, a phone near the pool to call 9-1-1, a first aid kit, a reach pole and a ring buoy with an attached rope.
A caregiver must be responsible, sober and confident at all times. Let’s make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time around the pool or backyard pond this year.
For more information visit: http://www.safekidscanada.ca.