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FD: 3-year-old girl in critical condition after near-drowning in Phoenix

The family said the girl was under water for approximately 2 minutes.

PHOENIX — A 3-year-old girl is in critical condition after a near-drowning in South Phoenix, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at a home near 16th Street and East Alta Vista Road, they said they found the girl crying and breathing on her own.

Officials said the family told fire crews she was underwater for about two minutes. Her father performed CPR prior to the crew's arrival.

She was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Drowning Prevention Tips: 

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between ages 1-4 aside from birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three children die every day as a result of drowning. Here are some tips from the CDC on how to protect children around water: 

Learn life-saving skills. 

Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and CPR. 

Fence it off. 

Install a four-sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool. 

Life jackets are a must. 

Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too. 

Keep a close watch.

When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Because drowning happens quickly and quietly, adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like reading books, talking on the phone, or using alcohol and drugs. 

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