Phoenix Toddler Falls Into Pool, Remains Unresponsive

Phoenix Toddler Falls Into Pool, Remains UnresponsiveEmergency crews in Phoenix, Arizona, recently responded to an emergency in which a local toddler had fallen into a pool.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department said that the incident occurred on Tuesday, and crews responded around 5:15 p.m. to a call from the house, according to the Arizona Republic. It is believed the 18-month-old girl crawled through a doggy door in the back of the house, where the pool was located, and then fell inside.

The toddler wasn’t breathing when rescuers arrived on the scene, and CPR was performed as she was rushed to a local hospital, the news provider reports.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 250 children die in swimming pools annually in the U.S., with most such deaths occurring in residential pools. This makes drowning the second-leading cause of unintentional death in children below 5 years of age, after motor vehicle accidents. The CPSC says that most of these deaths are preventable, and recommends placing sturdy fencing around the pool as well as supervising children carefully if they are near a pool.