The majority of drowning deaths occur in the family pool.
The most common drowning victim is a child four years of age or younger.
The most common time is between noon and dinner.
These tragedies often occur while parents are home and there is a brief lapse
children died from bathtub drownings in southern Nevada in 2003 !!!
Here are some tips for keeping your child safe in the tub:
NEVER leave a child unattended in the bathtub for ANY reason for any length
There is nothing important enough to risk drowning!
Children can drown in just a few inches of water and can easily topple into the
tub while you're dashing out to answer the phone, get a towel, etc.
Don't run to answer the phone.
Don't check to see who's at the door.
Don't leave your child to be watched by an older brother or sister.
NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES!
Several types of bath seats and rings adhere to the bottom of the tub with
suction cups and offer bathing infants and toddlers support while sitting.
Don't leave your child unattended. The suction cups can come loose, and it
isn't hard for a child to slide out of the seats.
Get supplies first
Collect soap, towel, diaper, clothing, toys, and any other items you plan on
using before you even run the bath water. Place these items where you can reach
To reduce the risk of scalding, set your home's water heater to a maximum of
120 degrees Fahrenheit. A good test: You should be able to hold your hand
comfortably under the tap even when the hot water alone is running.
Placing a soft, insulated cover over the bathtub faucet is a prudent safeguard
against accidental burns or bumps. They are available at many baby-supplies
Slips and Falls
Place a rubber mat in the tub or affix non-slip adhesive decals or strips to
the bottom of the tub.
Keep electrical devices (including hair dryers, curling irons, and electric
razors) well away from the tub.
Be sure to use (and teach your child to use) extra caution and keep a non-slip
bathroom rug by the side of the tub for your child to step onto after bathing.
average 25 children drown in buckets every year in the United States.
Buckets with water or other liquids, especially the five-gallon size, present a
drowning hazard to small children. Many of the containers involved in drownings
are 5-gallon buckets containing liquids. Most are used for mopping floors or
other household chores. Many are less than half full.
A young child's curiosity, along with their crawling and pulling up while
learning to walk, can lead to danger when buckets are used around the house.
Children lean forward to play in the water and when they topple into the
bucket, they are unable to free themselves. The five-gallon bucket is
particularly dangerous because it's heavier weight makes it more stable than a
smaller bucket, and unlikely to tip over when a child uses it to pull up. These
containers are about half the height of the infants, and with several gallons
of water, weigh more than children of that age.
leave any bucket of water or other liquid unattended when small children are
around. Even a partly filled bucket can be a drowning hazard.
When doing household chores, immediately empty out buckets when finished, or
move them to a safe place before taking a break.
ALWAYS watch your children around water, inside the home, around the
pool and around the yard.
Whether vacationing on a beach in San Diego, staying at a hotel with a pool,
visiting relatives or friends who own pools, taking a tubing trip down a river
or boating on a lake… water safety must be practiced wherever water is present!
Here are some simple water safety tips to follow when planning your next family
Enforce the same safety rules you use at home. Take time to explain the
importance of following these same rules to your children.
Never allow children to swim unsupervised in a hotel/motel pool.
Never assume someone else is watching your child.
Check out the pool before you swim: Is the water clean and clear? Where is the
deep end? Is there a lifeguard on duty? Where is the rescue equipment, and how
is it used? Where is the phone, and can you dial out directly?
When staying at a relative or friend's home, look for possible water hazards
(pools, ponds, buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog bowls, etc.).
When boating, wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket. When planning boating
events, make sure to pack a life jacket for each person. Children are required
to wear a life jacket at all times in a boat in many states.
Bring along other items that float such as cooler, cushions, etc.
Know what is in and under an open water area. Find out about hazards such as
marine life, parasites, currents, drop-offs, very cold water, or submerged
objects. Enter all unfamiliar water feet first.
If the water is shared by boats, BE VISIBLE: Have your child wear a bright
colored swim cap, stay close to shore, and actively watch for boats.
Know what to do if your child falls in the river: Go downstream immediately to
position yourself to help.
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