DENAIR — A toddler is in critical condition this evening after he fell into a spa in the back yard of his Denair home this morning.
Emergency personnel and Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a 911 call from a home in the 4100 block of Windgate Drive at about 11:20 a.m. The caller reported that an 18-month-old boy had fallen into the spa, said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran. He did not know how the caller was related to the child or how the child got into the hot tub.
The child was not breathing when medical personnel arrived, so they immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The boy was taken by ambulance to a Modesto hospital, then taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera. He was in critical condition at last report, Bejaran said.
The Sheriff's Department is investigating the near-drowning, which appears to be an accident, Bejaran said.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that about 280 children under the age of 5 drown each year in swimming pools or spas. The commission also points out that drowning is the No. 1 cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4.
To keep children safe the commission suggests:
Never leave a child unattended, and always watch your child when she is in or near a pool or spa.
Teach children basic water safety when they are old enough to comprehend.
Avoid entrapment by keeping children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
Have a phone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa.
If a child is missing, look for him in the pool or spa first.
Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
Children and adults should learn how to swim.
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults; update that skill regularly.
Understand the basics of lifesaving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
Install a 4-foot fence around the perimeter of the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates. Ask you neighbors and community groups to do the same at all residential pools.
If your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around a pool, install a pool alarm and use it all the time.
Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers; ask if you do not know.
Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order.
Have lifesaving equipment such as life rings or floats available.
Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter, @ModestoBeeCrime.