Efforts to prevent drowning as weather gets warmer

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Efforts to prevent drowning in Southern Arizona as the temperature starts to rise and people start spending more time in pools.

Cheyenne Arreola walked house to house on Saturday reminding people to keep an eye out for their children in the swimming pool.

Arreola Feels compelled to spread the message after a near drowning incident changed her life forever.

"On June 2nd, I received a call that every parent dreads. I remember hearing his name, drowning and UMC," said Arreola of Safe Kids Tucson.

Her 9-year-old grandson, Ethan was at a summer camp when things went terribly wrong.

"He was at the bottom of the pool. No one knew CPR," said Arreola.

From that incident, Arreola says Ethan suffered brain injuries because of the lack of oxygen.

She now volunteers her time hoping to get the word out, to prevent other drowning or near drowning cases from happening.

"No parent should ever receive that phone call," said Arreola.

Arreola says it's as simple as the ABC's. A is for adult supervision. B stands for barrier surrounding your pool. C for classes such as CPR.

"People don't really know and let their kids go and don't pay attention, these classes with CPR, they need to know it. Especially if there's a pool around them," said Barbara Storin, who received a handout.

"The weather is getting warmer. Please, please, please watch your children," said Arreola.

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