Southern Nevada Health District records show more fatal and non-fatal drownings happened last year than any other since 2001.
So far, there’s more than 20 in 2018 and summer just started.
Pool drownings are common in the Las Vegas valley. To prevent another one from happening, an apartment complex is taking the initiative to offer its residents tips to stay safe this summer.
“It’s important to be aware of the things that can happen when you’re not prepared,” a lifeguard explains to swimmers at the Cabana Club apartment complex pool.
The complex’s management wants to educate people about pool safety.
“We don’t have a lifeguard,” said Andrea Hudson, community manager, Cabana Club apartments. “Obviously, we have safety features in the pool area, so we just want to make sure that all of our residents know how to use them.”
From an emergency phone to floatation devices.
While the manager says they have never had an incident at those apartments, the health district records show 24 submersion incidents as of May 2018 – both fatal and non-fatal.
The majority happen with toddlers in residential pools.
“For children ages 1 to 4, drowning incidents are one of the leading causes of death,” according to the lifeguard.
“She’s only 3 and she likes to jump in there,” said Angela Meadows, mother.
She and her family sat in during the information session given by the lifeguard. She says she’s taking away a crucial lesson on how to save someone who falls in.
“When you reach for them, you want to get as low to the ground as possible. Reach out to them, throw out a towel. Hold on to one end and throw out the other end or a noodle,” the lifeguard said.
“Like when you’re leaning down, and they can get you off balance, it’s good to know how to properly do it just in case you do fall in,” Hudson said.
The safety session is being offered at Standard Management company’s 10 properties in Las Vegas as well as Reno.
Other tips include having children wear life preservers if they don’t know how to swim. Also, constant parental supervision.