CPSC Provides Child Drowning Prevention Tips
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ranging from age 1-4. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released a series of safety tips to help prevent this type of tragedy.
Information About Deaths Related to Drowning In Children
In past years, numerous children have unintentionally died in bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets, and landscaping features. It only takes a few inches of water for small children to drown.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the years 2006 to 2010 there were 684 incidents involving children less than 5-years-old. After pools, bathtubs are the second leading location where accidents can occur.
Accidents can occur because of lack of supervision or leaving the child in the care of another child. Another main cause of death was children drowning in things outside the home not made for recreational use like buckets of water.
Drowning Prevention Tips
The following information was provided by the CPSC:
- Never leave young children alone near large basins of water. Always have the child near arms reach.
- Do not leave a baby or a young child in the care of another child.
- Never leave a bucket filled with water within arms reach of a toddler. They are top heavy and can fall headfirst into the water.
- If children wander into the bathroom, consider placing toilet locks.
- Learn CPR – classes are widely available and the knowledge can be lifesaving.