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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
How many more toddlers need to drown in family pools before someone takes notice and does something? Virtually all, if not every single one, of these deaths and permanent injuries is preventable. Communities must not turn a deaf ear to warnings about this problem. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. The rash of drowning incidents in Orange County during the past few months alone has become a disgraceful situation, where the importance of the safety of children has been neglected.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors took the first step Tuesday toward rescinding one of the strictest home swimming pool safety regulations in the state. The board had voted in January to change county building rules to require that safety fencing be installed around swimming pools of every home sold in unincorporated areas, even pools built decades ago.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The city of Irvine is hosting a forum this afternoon for building officials and interested county residents to discuss tightening swimming pool safety standards that cities require. The meeting will probably be attended by city and county building officials from throughout the area as well as by an official from the San Francisco office of the Consumer Products Safety Commission, said Robert Storchheim, Irvine's manager of building, safety and engineering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2003 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The near drowning of a 20-month-old Fullerton girl last Friday and the drowning of a 19-month-old Tustin boy on Tuesday again raise an important question: Aren't there laws to safeguard pools to prevent these tragedies? There are, but they affect only a small percentage of swimming pool owners. A state law that went into effect in 1998 calls for all new pools to have one of four safety features installed before they are filled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
The county will offer free pool inspections and other safety incentives to residents of unincorporated areas under a plan approved Tuesday to combat child drownings. The Board of Supervisors adopted the five-point plan just three days after twin toddlers drowned in their parents' back-yard spa in Laguna Niguel, capping a week of tragedy in Orange County. Earlier that same week, two other siblings drowned in their Garden Grove pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
Walking toward the swimming pool complex where he was scheduled to speak on child drownings, Dr. Gary Goodman on Wednesday saw something that instantly made him very nervous--an open gate leading to the pool area. "I felt a tremendous anxiety," said Goodman, the director of Children's Hospital of Orange County's emergency unit. "It bothers me so much to see a pool unprotected."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
With a pair of swim goggles strapped to his head, 6-year-old Kenneth Chambers clung to the swimming pool's edge, then kicked his feet and practiced his free-style stroke and side-breathing technique in the water. After his first lesson recently at a Buena Park swim school, Kenneth said he wanted to keep learning, "maybe to save myself." Learning to swim can be a matter of life and death, local swim instructors say. But it also can be fun.
NEWS
November 26, 1990 | JIM NEWMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County sheriff's deputies are investigating the drowning of a 2-year-old girl whose body was pulled from the bottom of an algae-filled pool Saturday after she apparently wandered away from her baby-sitter, authorities said Sunday. The baby-sitter, Karen Caebel, who was also watching three other children in her home in the 24300 block of Fordview Street, noticed just before noon that Lauren Ann Nunez was missing, said Lt. Jay Mendez of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The City Council will consider adopting stricter pool safety requirements Tuesday evening after a public hearing at City Hall. The proposed swimming pool ordinance would require that all new pools or hot tubs built within the city be equipped with two sets of barriers or alarms to guard against children drowning. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has endorsed the city requirements as a way to reduce accidental deaths.
NEWS
July 7, 1994
The Alhambra Fire Prevention Division is conducting a campaign for water and pool safety. The division officers will be giving talks to businesses, schools and clubs on water safety through July. The division will visit private homes and apartments with pools to make safety recommendations. Those wishing to schedule a presentation should call fire prevention specialist Shari Miller at (818) 570-5193.
OPINION
June 16, 2002
Re "Police Searchers in Disbelief After Overlooking Boy's Body," June 7: A pool party for small children is only safe if each child has a specific, designated adult responsible for watching him or her. General supervision by a group of chatting adults is an inherently dangerous situation. Douglas O. Raleigh Woodland Hills
OPINION
June 7, 2002
Re "Police May Have Missed Boy's Body," June 5: With great sadness I read the story of the drowned 7-year-old boy. As a mother myself I can only imagine the horrible grief the family of Paolo Ayala must be feeling. I've been a house manager for a very wealthy family and have organized many children's birthday parties. One was a pool party in which I hired two certified lifeguards to work the duration of the party. In my experience it is not enough to count on parents, who often are taking care of their own children, or the house staff, as they too have many commitments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the tragic endings Dr. Richard Midthun has witnessed in the emergency room, none has been as gut-wrenching and senseless as a drowned child. Midthun was on duty at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in June when 4-year-old Daniel Veres was pronounced dead after falling into a pool during a birthday party at the Malibu home of rock musician Tommy Lee. This year six children younger than 4 have drowned in swimming pools across Ventura County, compared to just one in all of 2000.
REAL ESTATE
July 29, 2001 | KATHY SENA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call David Dukes a worrywart. He doesn't mind. As the father of 3-year-old Michele, Dukes says he is "paranoid about the pool" in the family's backyard in West Los Angeles. While the pool area is separated from his house by a 5-foot fence with a self-closing gate, "I'm always thinking, 'Is the gate closed? Is the gate closed?"' Dukes says. His fretting isn't unfounded, experts say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kim Patrick's son was 2 when he wandered off and fell into a swimming pool. He was in a coma for 10 days before he finally died. Three years later, the memory still stings. Now a drowning-prevention specialist with the Anaheim Fire Department, the 38-year-old Lakewood resident knows she is not alone in her pain. This year, in fact, she has too much company. So far this year, seven children 5 and younger have drowned in Orange County, all but one in swimming pools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2000 | JAIMEE ROSE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Swimming pool alarms are showing up more often in backyards as wary parents try to combat a mournful nationwide statistic: More than 350 children drown in pools every year. But according to a recent government study, the safety offered by the alarms may not be sure. Only three out of five alarms tested by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission performed well enough to warrant the group's recommendation, and then only when used with other preventive measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
It's every parent's nightmare--a toddler walks out of the house unnoticed and drowns in a nearby swimming pool. The tragedy is played out throughout Orange County every year as drownings and close calls occur with alarming frequency in backyard pools. In an effort to reduce drownings in Garden Grove, the city has launched a pool permit process that will include door alarms and safety information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1994
The two recent near-drownings in the San Fernando Valley illustrate the dangers of inadequate safety measures at residential swimming pools. Both cases were examples of what often occurs: children can drown or nearly-drown in only a few minutes without adequate supervision. Most parents probably don't realize the majority of drownings occur when a child is last seen in the house or other area of the yard--nowhere near the pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A toddler and an adult suffered severe injuries Sunday after nearly drowning in separate incidents, according to fire officials. The first near drowning took place about 1:40 p.m., where the 3-year-old victim had been watching a movie with his mother and sister at their home in the 400 block of North La Reina Street in Anaheim. "He was promised they would go swimming when the movie finished," said Robyn Butler, Anaheim fire spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1999 | Crystal Carreon, (714) 966-7835
After being closed for more than a year for repairs to the pool and deck area, the newly refurbished Pearson Park Pool will host a grand reopening celebration Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., with free swimming, games and prizes. Informational sessions on pool safety will also be held. Pearson Park Pool is at 400 N. Harbor Blvd. Information: (714) 765-5191.
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