|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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Childhood drowning deaths also occur in other containers
that may contain liquids, including coolers, sinks, fish tanks and
CPSC offers these safety tips to help prevent childhood drowning
deaths in and around the home.
- NEVER leave a baby alone in a bathtub even for a second. Always
keep baby in arm's reach.
- NEVER leave young children alone or with young siblings in a
bathtub even if you are using a bath seat or ring. Children can drown
quickly and silently.
- 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.
- Be sure all containers that contain liquids are emptied
immediately after use. Do not leave empty containers in yards or
around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young
- Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
- Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) - it can be a lifesaver.