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Phoenix firefighters talk about unlikely places children face water danger

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It takes just two inches of water for a child to drown, which is why Phoenix firefighters held a demonstration to remind families to stay safe around the water and not just in the obvious places.

 “You really don’t think it can happen, but when the water splashes they're unable get their hands out, pull their head out, they can drown,” said firefighter Kelly Liebermann while demonstrating how kids can get stuck in water bowls on slick surfaces.

Firefighters say water safety goes far past just pool fences, parents need to keep an eye out around containers with even small amounts of water like: mop buckets, play pools and even toilets.

“Complacency kills don’t ever assume that a child can’t drown in two inches of water because it’s possible.” Liebermann emphasized.

Parents should also be aware that it may not just be their own home that can be dangerous to their children.

“We need to think about the neighbor’s houses and children that might come over into your yard if they’re playing ball in the backyard and it goes over the fence.”

During the demonstration he reiterated the importance of never leaving your child alone in a bathtub, even for a second.

“Never, don’t think you can go check your email, or get a phone call; you stay with your child in that tub, okay? And prevent the drowning.”

Experts say to reduce the risk… look into buying a pool fence and locks for things like toilet seats.  But most importantly be vigilant.

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