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W.A.V.E. Walk: Drowning prevention education

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PHOENIX -

Swimming season is over, but the dangers involving pools never ends.  Last weekend, a toddler drowned in a backyard pool and it's the reason the Phoenix Fire Department went door to door on Tuesday.

Volunteer, but most importantly -- mom -- Erika Castro was one of dozens handing out materials to Maryvale residents Tuesday morning.

Information that could mean the difference between life and death.

"Knowing my daughter is getting close to being 2, it's personal to me.  I take this very seriously.  It's a message every parent should know," she said.

The community lost a 2-year-old girl just days ago.  She was found floating in a backyard pool.  PFD says it was the 36th drowning in the valley this year and the 10th child.

"She was left unattended.. got out in the backyard, dropped into the pool.. probably 10.. 15 minutes in water.. family found her, tried to bring her back," said PFD's Kelly Libermann.

This is the direct neighborhood where the drowning took place this past weekend and the reason the fire department is targeting this area.  About 20 volunteers were out here -- civilians, fire fighters, police officers -- they set up into 18 teams and planned to knock on 400 doors.

This outreach program or W.A.V.E. Walk, which stands for Water Awareness Vigilance and Education, aims to prevent drownings by encouraging constant adult supervision and barriers -- and is dispatched after every incident.

Castro hopes the message is heard loud and clear before it's too late again.

The Phoenix Fire Dept. is also stressing the ABC's of drowning during these walks -- that stands for adult supervision, barriers as in pool fences, alarms, even locks and C if for swim classes and CPR.

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