Drowning Deaths Serve As Tragic Reminder ‘There Is No Drowning Season’
The numbers seemed too good to be true. A pool drowning death had not been reported at Cook Children’s throughout the summer of 2019.
Even as the summer was winding down, every member of the Emergency Department knew a fatal drowning could still happen at any moment. Tragically, that moment came over the weekend when two sisters were found unresponsive in a Haltom City apartment swimming pool. News agencies report the girls were taken to Cook Children’s where they both died.
“Drownings occur year-round and there is no ‘drowning season,’ especially in Texas,” said Corwin Warmink, M.D., medical director of Emergency Services at Cook Children’s. “You can’t get comfortable and complacent with children and water, no matter the time of year.”
Before this weekend’s pool drownings, three children had died from drowning at Cook Children’s in 2019 – two separate incidents in bathtubs in March and one child in open water in May.
Even in the month of September, the warm Texas weather means kids are getting in the pool. From 2014 to 2018, there have been a total of 16 drownings (13 in a pool and 3 in open water) during the month of September, with two being fatal.
“I worry that with the end of the summer and kids being back in school that people will relax a bit,” said Dana Walraven, community health outreach manager for Cook Children’s. “But we can’t let our guard down even for a little bit. The temperatures are still warm and there’s plenty of time left for kids to be in the water. All the same rules apply to keep our kids safe.”
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