In-Home Drowning Risks
Written by Faith Anderson on October 23, 2012
U.S. Drowning Statistics Involving Young Children
“Too many young children are drowning,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “Just as with pools, I urge parents and caregivers to childproof their home and constantly supervise young children around bathtubs, bath seats and buckets. Taking extra safety steps at home can help prevent a tragic drowning.” CPSC data indicates that, of the reported fatalities, 28% involved a lapse in supervision, such as a caregiver leaving the bathroom to get a towel or answer the phone. In 23% of cases, the child was left with another child, usually older, and in 10% of fatalities, the child was found in a product outside the home, such as a bucket or decorative yard equipment. Another 3% of fatalities involved children being found inside the home in a bucket or container being used for cleaning.
CPSC Safety Tips to Prevent Drowning Accidents
The following are safety tips provided by the CPSC to help parents and caregivers prevent tragic drowning and submersion accidents in the home:
- Never leave young children alone near any tub or basin filled with liquid.
- Always keep your young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub, and if you leave the room, take your child with you.
- Consider installing locks on toilet seat covers in case your child wanders into the bathroom.
- Don’t leave a baby or young child in the bathtub under the care of another child.
- Learn CPR.
- Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended, and don’t leave buckets or containers outside where they can collect rainwater.
The danger of drowning is ever present in and around the home, and young children can drown in even small amounts of liquid. Consider these safety tips provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in order to reduce the risk of your child suffering injuries or fatality in a drowning or submersion accident.