The Valley has seen 12 child drownings so far in 2018. Statistics show that young children in Arizona drown at nearly twice the national rate.
The latest incident, where a 2-year-old boy drowned in Mesa over the weekend, brings 2018's numbers to match those of 2016 and puts metro Phoenix on track to match last year's numbers at 15.
"Drownings in Arizona have remained at about the same level for some time, especially when we look at drowning for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old," said Tiffaney Isaacson, injury prevention and water safety specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Isaacson says statewide the numbers are worse and just as consistent.
"According to the Arizona child fatality review team, we lose about 30 children per year in the state of Arizona to drowning and this includes children and teenagers," Isaacson said.
But Arizona children, ages 1 to 4 are at higher risk. Isaacson says they drown at nearly twice the national average. Isaacson urges parents to use floaties for young kids and swim vests while they're in the pool.
She also says nothing beats supervision. Parents need to make sure they're not distracted when they hang out by the water.
"This is easy to say and hard to do so I recommend that if you're stressed don't go swimming and if you're tired, don't go swimming," Isaacson said.
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