The danger of a child accidentally drowning is an ever present fear for any parent. Each year around the country, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1 to 4 years old, and in many instances, these tragic events take place in just a few inches of water. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to be vigilant against drowning risks both inside and around homes where children are present.
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What’s the problem?
Between 2006 and 2010, the CPSC documented 684 drowning and submersion incidents involving children under the age of five. Of these,
- 434 were fatal drownings (an average of 87 a year);
- 233 were injured;
- 17 incidents occurred with no known injuries.
According to the CPSC, 82% of the victims were under the age of two, and 81% of the incidents occurred in bathtubs or bath-related products. After swimming pools, bathtubs were found to be the second leading location were children accidentally drowned. Additionally, the commission found that 92% of the fatalities occurred in residential settings.
“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.”
Of the reported drowning deaths:
- 28% involved a situation where the child was momentarily unsupervised;
- 23% occurred when the victim was being watched by another child, who was usually older;
- 10% occurred in a product outside the home, such as a bucket or decorative yard equipment;
- 3% occurred inside the home in a bucket or trash container that was being used for cleaning.
According to the CPSC, the following tips can make all the difference in avoiding accidental drownings:
- Never leave young children alone near any water or tub or basin with fluid. Young children can drown in even small amounts of liquid.
- Always keep a young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub. If you must leave, take the child with you.
- Don’t leave a baby or young child in a bathtub under the care of another child.
- Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers are top heavy and they can fall headfirst into buckets and drown. After using a bucket, always empty and store it where young children cannot reach it. Don’t leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.
- Consider placing locks on toilet seat covers in case a young child wanders into the bathroom.
- Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can be a lifesaver when seconds count.
Do I Have a Drowning Accident Lawsuit?
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