PALMDALE – A baby girl drowned in a backyard pool in Palmdale Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Paramedics were called to the 38000 block of 37th Street East about 2:20 p.m., according to Lt. Belinda Johnson of the sheriff’s Palmdale Station.
One-year-old Jaazae’an Pope of Palmdale was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Antelope Valley Hospital, said Lt. Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
“It’s being reported as a possible accident,” said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. No further information on the drowning was immediately available.
Palmdale Sheriff’s Station officials are again reminding residents about the importance of water safety.
“In the summer, between the months of May and August, and most commonly on the weekends, two-thirds of all drowning deaths occur,” stated Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe. “Educating yourself and your child about swimming safety can reduce the possibility of injuries or death when around bodies of water.”
Water safety and drowning prevention tips
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station offers the following water safety/drowning prevention tips:
- Do not leave your child unattended in the bathtub. A drowning can happen in as little as 20 seconds, even in water that is only inches deep.
- When in or around open bodies of water, actively supervise your children by giving them your undivided attention.
- Watch your child at all times. Avoid looking at your cellphone or electronic devices while your child is in the pool. Drownings are silent and occur very fast.
- When children are swimming and several adults are present, designate an adult to supervise the children swimming for a certain amount of time. This will prevent lapses in supervision. Hiring a lifeguard is a great alternative when having a pool party with children present.
- If your child is learning to swim, make sure they are wearing a flotation device that is Coast Guard approved.
- Have children swim at a depth that is safe for them. Beginner swimmers should stay in the shallow end.
- Do not dive in shallow waters or in waters you are unable to tell the depth.
- A pool fence is a must. A fence can deter or prevent children from entering the pool area when there is no adult or lifeguard present. Teach your children to NEVER go through any pool gates when they are closed. Placing a lock on your pool gate can be another great precautionary measure.
- Learn CPR. It will give you great piece of mind. Local hospitals, fire departments and the American Red cross offer CPR training.
“Working together as a community we can educate ourselves and our children on the safety of swimming,” Wolfe stated.
For more information on swimming safety tips, go to www.kidshealth.org. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or email Deputy Jodi Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.