Monday, June 6, 2022 | 5:03 p.m.
Metro police responded to two pool-drowning reports over the weekend in Las Vegas, one that ended in a child’s death, and the department, in response, is urging pool owners to practice safety and awareness in a news release.
On Friday at about 8:20 p.m., officers responded to a mobile home park in the 4900 block of Stanley Avenue for a report of a child drowning in a swimming pool. The 2-year-old girl was transported to UMC where she remains in critical condition.
On Saturday shortly before 5 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 9000 block of Reindeer Lake Street where a 6-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a pool. The child was transported to Centennial Hills Hospital where he was pronounced dead. This is the first pool drowning death of a child this year.
The investigation into both incidents is still ongoing. The LVMPD would like to remind the public that child drownings are preventable and tragedy can be avoided by following the three Ps of pool safety:
• Patrol — Designate an adult to supervise children in the water at all times.
• Protect — Install fencing, door alarms, locks and other safety measures to create a defensive barrier between your child and the pool. Check them regularly to ensure they are in working order.
• Prepare — Create a plan ahead of time by enrolling your child in swimming lessons, taking CPR classes, and having a plan in place to call 911 in case of an emergency.
For more tips on how to prevent drownings, visit: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/Health-Topics/drowning-prevention/.