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Taking Steps Against All Drowning Risks: Preventing Drownings in the Home

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Oct 03, 2013

The Pool Safely campaign would like to remind families about the drowning risk present in every home. About 87 children younger than 5 drown in incidents around the home and more than 80 percent of these children are younger than 2. Bathtubs, toilets, buckets, washing machines, landscape features and other containers with a small amount of liquid present a danger to toddlers and young children.

Water safety steps taken around pools and spas can also protect against drowning risks in and around the home:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub; take them with you
  • Do not leave a baby or toddler under the care of young siblings
  • Use toilet seat locks
  • Do not leave any liquid in buckets, coolers or other water-bearing vehicles; empty all fluid and turn them over so rainwater cannot collect in them
  • Keep children from water fountains or landscape features by fencing them off
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)—it can be a lifesaver.

Drownings happen in the home. Summer may be over, but the risk of drowning is still here.

CPSC’s Submersion Report 2012 presents data about child drownings and non-fatal submersions in and around the home. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old. It takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown.

See CPSC’s On Safety blog and view our In Home Drowning public service announcement.

Remember, children are curious and attracted to water. Share this information with your friends, networks, and anyone who will benefit from this information.

Be Part of the Campaign: The Pool Safely campaign’s success is due in part to the many partnerships developed over the last three years. A full listing of our Campaign Safety Partners and Campaign Safety Leaders can be found here. Our partners help deliver the campaign’s safety message to the public by distributing materials, posting information online, holding events and incorporating the campaign into existing public safety outreach programs. If you are interested in joining the campaign or want copies of presentations and materials, please contact erin.robertson@widmeyer.com.

New PSAs for 2013: Please take a moment to view and share the Pool Safely television, radio, and print public service announcements for 2013, which were released earlier this year. This year’s PSAs highlight specific water safety steps that can be taken to save a life, for both radio and television and in both English and Spanish.

These PSAs can be used on your website, social media activities and other communications with your networks. Please contact poolsafely@cpsc.govwith any questions.

The findings and conclusions in these newsletter materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Children's Safety Network.