Too often, firefighters hear people say, "it was just a few seconds." Unfortunately, just a few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown. Most children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, however, an alarming number of children drown in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, canals and ponds.
Small children are top-heavy, and they don't have the upper body strength to lift themselves out of one of these dangerous situations. Even if the child survives the incident, they are often left with permanent brain damage. Drowning and near drowning can be prevented. Anyone involved with the supervision of children need to be aware of the dangers associated with any body of water. Below are some useful tips to prevent these needless tragedies.
Safety around the pool:
Practice water safety while on vacation:
Whether vacationing on a beach in San Diego, staying at a hotel with a pool, visiting relatives or friends who own pools, taking a tubing trip down a river or boating on a lake… water safety must be practiced wherever water is present. Below are some simple water safety tips to follow when planning a family vacation.
Nationally, about 80 children die annually from bathtub drowning. Below are some tips for keeping children safe and happy in the tub.
Make no exception to these rules:
Buckets filled with water or other liquids, especially the large five-gallon size, present a drowning hazard to small children. Nationally, about 25 children drown every year in buckets, and many more are hospitalized. Many of the containers involved in drowning incidents nationally were 5-gallon buckets containing liquids. Most were used for mopping floors or other household chores. Many were less than half full.
A young child's curiosity, along with their crawling and pulling up while learning to walk can lead to danger when buckets are used around the house. Curious children lean forward to play in the water. When they topple into the bucket, they are unable to free themselves and drown. The 5-gallon bucket is particularly dangerous because its heavier weight makes it more stable than a smaller bucket, and unlikely to tip over when a child uses it to pull up. These containers are about half the height of the infants, and with several gallons of water, weigh more than children of that age.
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