Firefighters hope 3 child drownings in past week is wake-up call to parents

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

It's been a heartbreaking few days for three Valley families. Three young children have died in three separate drowning incidents.

[RELATED: 3-year-old boy pulled from pool has died; 3rd drowning in a week]

A 16-month-old toddler was pulled from a pool in Peoria on Thursday.

A 2-year-old girl fell into a backyard pool in Mesa on Friday.

On Saturday, a 3-year-old boy drowned after falling into an apartment complex swimming pool, near Baseline Road and 48th Street.

[RELATED: 1-year-old girl dies after being found in Peoria pool]

Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler said there's no rhyme or reason to explain the sudden jump in drowning calls, but it is a year-round problem in Arizona.

"Whether it's the distractions from going back to school - it's hard to say what the cause is," said Bigler. "But we do see the numbers ramp up when we get into August. It all comes down to supervision."

[RELATED: 2-year-old girl dies after being found in Mesa pool]

Firefighters are hoping the recent tragedies will be a wake-up call to families everywhere that these kinds of tragedies can happen to anyone.

"It only takes 2 seconds," said Bigler. "Drownings are quiet. It comes down to adult supervision. You have to watch kids around water."

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