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5-year-old boy flown to hospital after being found face down in bath tub

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 23:16:32-05

HERRIMAN, Utah — A 5-year-old boy was flown to a hospital in critical condition after he was found unconscious in a bath tub Thursday night.

Det. Ken Hansen with the Unified Police Department said the boy’s father stepped away while bathing the boy and returned to find the child face down in the tub.

A medical helicopter landed at the nearby Herriman High School, and from there the child was flown to a hospital in critical condition.

SafeKids.org offers tips for water safety when it comes to young children, including these top tips:

  1. Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  2. Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  3. Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  4. Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  5. Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.