Protect Your Kids From Water Accidents at Home Courtesy of The Deem Team
For those with young kids, water can be deadly - and not just at the beach or pool. In 2014, a study showed that more than 50 children younger than 5 years old fatally drowned in and around the home, excluding pools and spas. About 90 percent of these drowning deaths occurred in bathtubs.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers safety tips to help prevent children from drowning in and around the home.
- Never leave a baby alone, or with young siblings, in a bathtub even for a second. Always keep baby within arm's reach. Children can drown quickly and silently.
- Keep the toilet lid down, and keep young children out of the bathroom when unsupervised. Consider placing a latch on the bathroom door out of reach of young children.
- Be sure all containers with liquids are emptied immediately after use. Do not leave empty containers in yards or around the house where they may accumulate water and attract young children.
- Always secure the safety cover on your spa or hot tub.
- Learn CPR. It can be a lifesaver.