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Consumer Product Safety Alert
U S Consumer Product Safety Commission     Washington, DC 2020



Instruct babysitters and alternate caregivers about potential pool hazards to young children and about the use of safety, rescue, and  protective devices, such as door alarms and latches.

Emphasize the need for constant supervision.

Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool.   During social gatherings at or near a pool, appoint a "Designated Water Watcher" to protect young children from pool accidents.  Adults may take turns being the "watcher."  When adults become preoccupied, children are at risk.  

If a child is missing, Check the pool first.  Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

Do NOT allow a young child in the pool without an adult.

Do NOT consider young children to be drown proof because they have had swimming lessons.  Children must be watched closely while swimming.

Do NOT use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.

Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Babysitters and other caretakers, such as grandparents and older siblings, should also know CPR.

Keep rescue equipment by the pool.  Be sure a telephone is poolside with emergency numbers posted nearby.

Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use.  Toys can attract young children to the pool.

NEVER prop open the gate to a pool barrier.

                                                    


                                           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.

For example:

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.

Consumers can obtain this and other publication information from the Publications section of CPSC's web site or by sending your publication request to info@cpsc.gov.  This document is in the public domain. It may be reproduced without change in part or whole by an individual or organization without permission. If it is reproduced, however, the Commission would appreciate knowing how it is used.  Write the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Information and Public Affairs, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 or send an e-mail via CPSc's On-Line Form.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at
(800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at
www.cpsc.gov.

           A B C D's OF DROWNING PREVENTION

A – Adult Supervision – Promotion of the “Water Watchers” Program

B – Barriers - Fencing around pools and door alarms

C – Classes - CPR, Swim Lessons  Infant Rescue lessons for infants and toddlers

D – Devices - Life Jackets, Rescue Tools  and Safety Drain Covers