January is Bathtub Safety Awareness month. Bathtubs can result in accidents and injuries for anyone, but children and older adults are most at risk for sustaining a bathtub injury. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 1996 to 1999 almost 300 children under the age of five died by drowning in the bathtub. Baby Gizmo reports that the number one cause of deaths for children under the age of four is drowning. Infants and toddlers are the most vulnerable to drowning in the bathtub, even with bath seats.
Children can drown in an inch or two of water and should always have proper adult supervision when taking a bath. Here are some safety measures parents can take to help keep their children safe while in the bathtub.
- Never leave a child alone in a bathtub or under the supervision of another child.
- A bath seat is not suitable as a safety device and should never replace adult supervision. Make sure your bath seat is not a recalled one.
- Make sure the temperature of the water is appropriate. Inappropriate water temperatures can cause accidental scalds and burns.
- Make sure to remove toys from the bathtub after a bath so children do not wander in the bathroom unattended.
- Make sure to have a non-slip mat to help alleviate the risk of slip and fall injuries.
- Learn CPR.
Bathtubs are also dangerous places for slip and falls for adults. Anti-skid mats are an important investment to help provide traction on a slippery surface. Senior citizens should make sure they have a bathtub or shower that is safe to use, complete with a mat and grab bars to help prevent falls that can cause disastrous injuries.
If you sustain an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, the property owner may be responsible for the injuries and expenses you incur due to their negligence. For more information, call slip and fall lawyers at 1-888-BURNETTI or fill out a free case evaluation.