It should be known that indoor water safety is not just important at this time of the year, but rather all year long. Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death among 1 to 4 year olds. Pools are the number one location, with bathtubs being second, where drownings occur. Other buckets, containers and landscaping features can also pose drowning threats to young children.
Between 2005-2009, there were 660 reported submersion incidents, including 431 fatalities of children under the age of five. 92% of these fatalities occurred in residential settings. A majority of these incidents were caused by a lack of supervision, with the parent or caregiver leaving the child in the bathtub to answer the phone or the door.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers some tips to improve your family's indoor water safety:
-NEVER leave a child alone near water in a tub or basin, as drowning can occur in the smallest amounts of water. -Always keep a child no more than an arm's length away while near water. If at any moment you need to leave, take the child with you. -Don't leave a child in a bathtub or near water under the supervision of another child, like an older sibling. -Never leave a child unattended near any sort of buckets with fluid. Since toddlers and young children are top heavy, they can fall head first into the bucket. After you are done using buckets or basins, empty completely and place out of the reach of children. Don't store them where they can collect rain water. -Place locks or toilet seat covers in the bathrooms. -Learn CPR.