Emergency crew was called in and Luke was then life-flighted to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He was on a ventilator on the lowest setting, as doctors tried to let him breathe on his own. He passed away 4 days later of his injuries.
- Closely supervise children around a hot tub or spa. And have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency.
- Don’t allow underwater play in a hot tub. Hot tub and spa jets and drains can suck hair in, trapping a child underwater. Explain to children that hot tubs and spas aren’t swimming pools or places for active play.
- Know where the pump cutoff switch is located so that it can be turned off in an emergency.
- Keep a locked safety cover on the hot tub or spa when it’s not in use. If a drain cover is missing or broken, shut down the spa until the drain cover is repaired or replaced.
- Don’t allow the water temperature to exceed 104°F (40°C) in hot tubs and spas. Drowning has occurred from extremely hot water, which can cause drowsiness and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is another danger.
- Install a door alarm, a window alarm, or both to alert you if an unattended child wanders into the hot tub area.
- If a child is missing, look immediately in the pool. Every second counts in drowning accidents.
- Never let your child swim without an adult present.
- Drownings are a silent struggle. They can’t call for help while undergoing a drowning process.
- There needs to be adequate pool fence/enclosures that prevent innocent toddlers from accessing swimming pools or hot tubs. They are too young to appreciate the dangers of swimming pools.
- Hotels should always have an emergency action plan in place for drownings/near drowning events.
- Use of a water safety trained pool attendant and/or lifeguard to ensure pool rules are followed at all times.
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