According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four. Many of these accidents take place in a backyard pool or hot tub. However, sinks, toilet bowls, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or ditches filled with rainwater can also be a serious drowning risk for young children. Keep the following water safety tips in order to keep young children safe from accidental drowning at home.
- Stay within arm’s reach of young children when they are near water so that you can catch them if needed.
- Never leave an older child to supervise an infant or toddler near water.
- Keep your bathroom and laundry room doors closed to prevent young children from entering the room.
- Supervise children around buckets—toddlers can fall headfirst into a bucket of water and drown. When you are finished with a bucket, be sure to empty it right away. Do not leave any buckets outside to fill with rainwater.
- Keep toilet lids closed and consider using toilet seat locks—devices that keep the toilet seat locked in place—to secure them.
- Empty wading pools when you are done using them.
- Empty the bathtub or sink as soon as you are finished using it.
- Fence off a pool or hot tub with a four-sided fence.
Many parents do not realize that young children can drown in as little as an inch of water. David Todd, an Austin child injury attorney at the Todd Law Firm, urges parents to carefully monitor children whenever they are anywhere near water in order to prevent a serious injury or drowning. If your child is injured in a serious accident and you need legal help, call David at 512-472-7799 for a free personal injury case review and download a free copy of “Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case” for more information.