Prevent Child In-Home Drowning Deaths
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers about hidden drowning hazards for small children in and around the home. Recent data show that a third as many children under age 5 (an average of about 115 annually) drown from other hazards around the home as drown in pools.
Many of these deaths are associated with common household products.
About two-thirds of the drowning deaths in the home, not including pools, occur in bathtubs. Some of these bathtub drowning deaths happened when children were in bath seats or rings.
5-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst. Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children.
Toilets are often overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet. Keep the toilet lid down, and keep young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.
Spas and Hot Tubs pose another drowning hazard. A solar cover can allow babies to slip into the water while the cover appears to stay in place, hiding the child. Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
Childhood drowning deaths also occur in other containers that are used for liquids, including coolers, sinks, fish tanks and landscape ponds.
CPSC offers these safety tips to help prevent childhood drowning deaths in and around the home.
NEVER leave young children alone or with young siblings in a bathtub even if you are using a bath seat or ring. Always keep baby within arm's reach. Children can drown quickly and silently.
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