Summer is almost upon us and with it comes the challenge of managing our own and our family’s personal safety. Based upon a career of responding to accident and death scenes, I would ask you to consider the following:
Pools can be incredibly dangerous. I can immediately recall five child drowning incidents, three adult heart attack and drowning events and one adult intentional self-drowning. Some themes become readily apparent during the investigations.
- Children do not understand the threat posed by a swimming pool to their life. Concepts of life and death and personal safety are not well developed in children.
- Adult supervision was absent during the child drowning events.
- The involved pools were uncovered and didn’t have fencing around their perimeter (meaning that the child could exit the residence and plunge directly into the swimming pool).
- NO ONE had any intention of doing harm to the involved children…it literally takes mere minutes for disaster to strike.
- The drowned adults were middle aged males who transitioned from a hot environment into a body of cool water and managed to initiate heart arrhythmia, pass out (not conducive to successful swimming) and then drown. I’m going to borrow and excerpt from a Harvard based ask a doctor Q and A: “The human body is adapted for life on dry land and the downward tug of gravity. Immersing the body in water squeezes blood from the extremities into the chest. This makes the heart work harder and increases blood pressure. This diving response, commonly called diving bradycardia (bradycardia means slow heart rate), is a well-studied phenomenon.
“The shock of cold water against the skin triggers a fight-or-flight response. The adrenal glands pump out extra epinephrine (adrenaline) and other stress hormones. They cause blood vessels supplying the skin to narrow. This conserves heat, but it shifts even more blood to the chest, taxing the heart. Extra epinephrine also tends to disturb the heart’s steady rhythm. This usually isn’t a problem in someone with a healthy heart, but it could spell trouble for someone already prone to arrhythmias.” (www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/is-swimming-in-cold-water-okay-for-my-heart)
As of 02-15-2017 we have documented 562 swimming pools in Double Oak, a 2½ square mile community. There is a good chance you or your children have access to a swimming pool within two or three doors of your house. Please don’t swim alone. Take the time to learn/relearn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Consider investing in child resistant fencing and gates around your pool. Never leave children, in a pool, unattended by adults. Consider investing in swimming lessons for your youngsters. If you have an accident at the pool don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. Submersion injuries, even if the victim seems fine after having been pulled out of the pool, can be very dangerous. Death or serious bodily injury can still occur hours after the submersion event. Please get your loved one medical attention as soon as possible.
Have a safe summer.
Recent Police Calls
Assist Agency – Chinn Chapel at Chapel Hill, Flower Mound. Officer provided cover for Flower Mound Police Department with a suspicious person stop.
Solicitor Complaint – 100 blk. Victory Lane, Double Oak – Solicitor became angry with a homeowner when they questions the legality of his sales. Vendor fled before police arrival.
Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Fox Trot Lane, Double Oak. A witness observed multiple juveniles at a local pond at approximately 11 p.m. and thought it was odd. Juveniles had departed prior to officer arrival.
Suspicious Activity – 200 blk. Ridgebriar Lane, Double Oak – Unknown person ringing the doorbell at 1:52 a.m. Suspect departed prior to officer arrival.
Assist Agency – 400 blk. Country Court, Bartonville. Officer helped Bartonville Police Officer with the investigation of a minor disturbance.
Assist Agency – 200 blk. Canyon Oaks Drive, Denton County. Officer responded to assist with a disturbance involving an adult male.
Theft – 8100 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak. 100 + bags of mulch and 26 pallets taken from location without permission.
Meet Complainant – 200 blk. Timberleaf Drive, Double Oak. A resident reported an odd interaction with a person they met online who was selling a lamp.
Forgery / Fraud – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Reporting person’s name utilized in identity theft offenses.
Burglary In Progress – 100 blk. Meadowknoll Drive, Double Oak – Caller heard their garage door slam but did not observe any person enter their house. Further investigation revealed that a large gate behind the house had been slammed by high winds.
Forgery / Fraud – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Complainant reported that their identifying information had been used to co-sign a loan without their permission.
Disturbance – 100 blk. Thornhill Circle, Double Oak – Verbal disturbance between known parties.
Arrest – 4100 blk. Kirkpatrick Lane, Flower Mound – Transport of adult male arrestee to Flower Mound Jail from Grand Prairie. Adult male was under arrest for outstanding traffic warrants.
Suspicious Person – 500 blk. Kings Road, Double Oak – Caller observed a person’s shadow run across her property at approximately 11:30 p.m. Responding officer was unable to locate the subject.
Suspicious Person – 300 blk. Oak Trail Court, Double Oak – Complainant reported that an adult male kept ringing the doorbell at 3:12 a.m. and wouldn’t leave the residence.
Traffic Complaint – 300 blk. Cedarcrest Lane, Double Oak – A motorist reported four bicyclists blocking the roadway keeping them from getting to their neighborhood.
Solicitor Complaint – 100 blk. West Carruth, Double Oak – A witness reported a solicitor placing flyers without a permit. When contacted the solicitor voluntarily retrieved all the fliers and left the neighborhood.
Criminal Mischief – 200 blk. Kings Road, Double Oak – An unknown person knocked over the complainant’s mail box.
Forgery / Fraud – 200 blk. Valley View Trail, Double Oak – Complainant reported that their debit card was being used without their permission at a local retail store.
Motorist Assist – 600 blk. Cross Timbers Drive, Double Oak – U.S. Postal vehicle disabled in a lane of traffic.
Suspicious Circumstances – 100 blk. Hollow Oak Court, Double Oak – Caller observed an unknown Ford Expedition parked in front of their house for thirty minutes and occupied by an adult male. Further investigation revealed that he was waiting for the arrival of another homeowner to provide pest control services.
Suspicious Circumstances – 700 blk. McMakin Road, Bartonville – A caller reported an unknown person in the roadway at 3:31 a.m. Upon further investigation officers determined that the person had found two loose dogs and was attempting to locate their owner/home.
Suspicious Vehicle – 200 blk. Meadowknoll Drive, Double Oak – Officers received a report about a suspicious vehicle, at 12:15 a.m. pulling in and out of peoples driveways. Officers did not locate any moving vehicles.
Disturbance – 1600 blk. Barrington Hills Boulevard, Bartonville – Disturbance between family members.
Solicitor Complaint – 100 blk. Trailing Oaks Drive, Double Oak – A resident reported a suspicious vehicle parked in front of their home occupied by two males. The males claimed to be soliciting for a pizza company and were dressed in vests that said “inspection team”. Both subjects left the area prior to the officer arrival.
Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – Report of a possible shot fired. Further investigation found ongoing roofing / construction down the street.
Suspicious Activity – 500 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Unknown person and utility vehicle on vacant property. Further investigation revealed that they worked for Spectrum Cable and were performing maintenance on the property.
Forgery / Fraud – 100 blk. Hawk Crest Lane, Double Oak – Personally identifying information was stolen from Complainant.
Theft – 100 blk. McMakin Road, Double Oak – Complainant’s boat trailer license plate was stolen.
Suspicious Vehicle – 5300 blk. Chinn Chapel Road, Double Oak – Caller reported an unknown truck stopping at various residences at 12:50 a.m. Officer was unable to locate the truck.
Forgery / Fraud – 200 blk. Simmons Road, Double Oak – Complainant’s personal identification has been stolen and used to obtain credit by another person.
Major Accident – Chinn Chapel and Dixon Lane, Flower Mound. Officer responded to a major accident at 6:35 a.m. in which a motorcyclist going South Bound on Chinn Chapel collided with the stone wall of the roundabout. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital.
Suspicious Person – 100 blk. Victory Lane, Double Oak – Possible ongoing disturbance between two high school age males. Involved subject had departed prior to officer arrival.
Animal Complaint – 5400 blk. Chinn Chapel Road, Double Oak – A witness reported a black and white dog running loose and snapping at him. Officer made contact with all involved parties.
Meet Complainant – 200 blk. Whispering Oaks, Double Oak – Neighbor dispute over lawn trimmings.
Civil Disturbance – 8500 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak – Dispute about car keys between two known parties.
Traffic Complaint – 8200 blk. Justin Road, Double Oak – Report of cars doing circles in the church parking lot. Motorists were gone upon police arrival.
Burglary of a Vehicle – 300 blk. Waketon Road, Double Oak – Unknown person entered the complainant’s car without permission and broke the lock to their glove box. Entry was not forced and the vehicle was parked in the driveway.
Motorist Assist – 3000 blk. Waketon Road, Flower Mound – Vehicle broken down without lights at approximately 10:40 p.m. Officer waited for Flower Mound PD and then pushed vehicle out of the roadway.
Suspicious Person – 100 blk. Oakview Drive, Double Oak – Report of an adult male with a beard, driving a grey car, driving past the complainant repeatedly while she was exercising. Officers were unable to locate the subject.
Disturbance – 400 blk. Cross Timbers Drive, Double Oak – Dispute between known adults.
Welfare Check – Chinn Chapel Road and Estancia Path, Flower Mound – Officer observed a man trying to walk home in a heavy rain storm. A ride home was offered and accepted.