Itâ€™s the beginning of pool season and officials are urging everyone to be safe.
â€œIt can happen in just a couple of seconds,â€ said Rural MetroÂ Fire Battalion Chief, John Walka.
Just this year, News 4 Tucson has reported on an elderly woman who drowned. In another incident, a toddler nearly drowned after officials say an adult supervising got distracted.
â€œIn these last two instances, it was adult supervision,â€ said Walka. â€œWhere there was actually a break in that component that caused these incidents to happen.â€
He says itâ€™s critical for the public to remember the ABCâ€™s of swimming:
A is for adult supervision.
B is for barriers between you and the pool.
C is for classes, whether itâ€™s taking a CPRÂ class or getting your child enrolled in swimming lessons.
If you have a pool, make sure itâ€™s fenced off and locked from public access. If you have children near the pool, look into fencing that can keep them from climbing in unsupervised.
â€œSo you got to think like a child and look around your yard and say, what is it that I could use as a step to get over that fence,â€ WalkaÂ said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death in children under the age of four.
â€œDrowning is actually a silent event when a small child goes underwater.Â Thereâ€™s not a lot of screaming. There is not a lot of splashing,â€ said Walka. â€œItâ€™s usually a very silent event because, at that point, the victim is struggling to get above water.â€