Services at Cardon Children's Medical Center  

Water Safety & Drowning Prevention


Drowning is the second leading cause of death to Arizona's children. The Emergency department staff at Cardon Children's Medical Center would like to remind you there are no immunizations against drowning.

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For parents:

Death is just one outcome of a drowning. In some incidents a child will survive but can be left with neurological impairment requiring long-term care. This family shared their story, watch the video YouTube video about drowning

There is no noise, no screaming, no splashing, only silence when a child drowns. Keep your child safe by following these simple tips:

  • NEVER leave a child unsupervised in or around water.
  • EMPTY buckets and other containers and store upside down.
  • CLOSE and lock toilet lids.
  • LEARN and practice CPR. Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and emergency numbers poolside.
  • SURROUND pools and spas with five feet high fencing that have self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • WEAR a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket when boating, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Water wings, floaties and air filled toys are not lifesaving devices.

Children are not waterproof!

Questions about water safety?

Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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