Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that it takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown. It is very important to prevent this household danger with supervision and care with water.
From 2006 to 2010, there were 684 incidents involving children younger than five-years-old in household items such as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets, and landscaping features.This includes 434 drowning fatalities (an average of 87 per year), 233 injuries, and 17 incidents with no known injuries. Four out of five incidents happened in the bath.
Parents and caregivers need to look for and protect against drowning risks inside and around their homes.
“Too many young children are drowning,” said 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.”
To prevent children drowning, the CPSC advises:
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