Toddler death reminds community of the importance of pool safety

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The death of a toddler in Wichita Falls on Monday afternoon is serving as a reminder of pool safety. The boy died after being rushed to the hospital after falling in the family pool,

According to the World Heath Organization, the highest drowning rates involve children ages one to four followed by children ages five to nine.

Paul Buckingham with Outback Pools and Spas in Wichita Falls said pool safety is something that needs to be thought about all year round.

"It is not just something to think about during the summer," he said.

Buckingham said they suggest pool covers to help prevent children and animals from falling into the water unattended.They also suggest getting a fence around a pool although they do not currently install fences.

The City of Wichita Falls has an ordinance that states pools must have a fence, wall, or solid structure designed to prevent small children from getting into the pool.

A look at that ordinance can be found here.

Wichita Falls Police has not confirmed whether there was a fence around the pool the young boy fell into on the 2500 block of Tinker Trail.

A woman at the home performed CPR after the boy was pulled out of the water before first responders arrived on scene. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

The incident is still under investigation.

Lisa Nix, Aquatics Director at the YMCA and mother of two, said getting children comfortable in the water as early as 6-months old can make a huge difference if they ever fall into a pool.

"Swimming lessons teach them what to do if they every fall into the water like lying on their back, yelling for help, and getting to the edge to try and pull themselves out," Nix said.

Nix said the incident Monday afternoon is hard to talk about because it is something that could happen to anyone.

"My heart goes out to that family," Geordan Martinez, a father himself, said.

Martinez has a pool in his backyard and is planning to put a fence around it following the news of that tragic accident.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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