The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a new report that shows drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children between the ages of one and four in the United States. More than 400 unintentional drownings have occurred in the past five years in children in that age group.
From 2006 through 2010, nearly seven hundred drowning incidents occurred, resulting in 434 deaths and 233 injuries. The majority of the incidents (51%) took place when an adult temporarily stopped supervising the child or where under the care of another, older child.
The CPSC has essential tips for preventing drownings of children at bath time:
- Never leave your child unattended
- Fill the tub with the minimum amount of water necessary
- Empty the tub immediately after the bath is over
- Don’t rely on older children to supervise younger kids
- Keep the child within arm’s reach at all times
- Learn CPR
Buckets provide another large drowning hazard for young children. Toddlers are top heavy, and can easily fall head first into a bucket. It’s possible to drown in even a couple inches of water. Empty buckets after every use, don’t keep them outside where they can collect rainwater, and store unused buckets where kids can reach them.
If your child has been injured in a drowning related accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact Burnetti. P.A.’s Florida personal injury lawyers at 1-888-BURNETTI.