BARSTOW, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Officials say a 1-year-old girl drowned Thursday afternoon at a residential house in Barstow.
According to the San Bernardino County Coroner, on 08/02/2018, at 4:55 pm, one-year-old Erica Hall of Barstow was found unresponsive in an above-ground pool to the rear of her family’s residence located in the 1400 block of Church Street in Barstow.
The family transported Erica to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead at 5:25 pm.
The Barstow Police Department is investigating the incident. Further details surrounding the drowning were not immediately known.
As a reminder, more than 3,500 drowning deaths occur in the nation each year, according to the National Safety Council.
It is the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children under age 15. Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children age 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 80 percent of the drownings occur in residential pools or spas, statistics show.
Experts recommend children who are around swimming learn how to swim.
Children ages 1 to 4 might be able to learn depending on their physical and emotional development. Swimming lessons, however, don’t necessarily prevent drowning and aren’t a substitute for adult supervision.
Other safety measures are to install a fence with a lock around the pool, alarms, remove toys, and parents or child care providers should learn Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).