Effective Child Safety Information & Drowning Prevention

Learn what you need to know for effective drowning prevention through child safety information from Drowning Is Preventable in California. Keep your child safe with advice from our experts.

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Splashing, wading, and paddling–it must mean a great day in the water. Playing at the beach, waterpark, lake, or pool can be a real treat on a hot day, as swimming is a lot of fun. However, drowning is a real danger. Let's find out how to stay safe in the water.

Why Is It Important to Be Safe in the Water?

Fish are able to live and breathe underwater, but people need air to breathe. When too much water gets into a person's lungs, that person will drown, because the lungs can't carry enough oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body.

Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. It can happen so fast–sometimes less than two minutes after a person's head goes underwater. That leaves very little time for someone to help.

Many cases of drowning and near drowning occur when a kid accidentally falls into a swimming pool. However, accidents can happen anywhere. Whether your child is at someone's home, or even at your own house, he or she needs to know how to be safe around water.


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Prevent Child In-Home Drowning Deaths
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns consumers about hidden drowning hazards for small children in and around the home. Too many deaths are associated with common household products.

For example:
*About two-thirds of the drowning deaths in the home, not including pools, occur in bathtubs. Some of these bathtub drowning deaths happened when children were in bath seats or rings. 5-gallon buckets, often used for household chores, pose a serious threat to toddlers. Their tall, straight sides combined with their stability make it nearly impossible for top-heavy infants to free themselves when they topple in headfirst. Toilets are often overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet. Spas and hot tubs pose another drowning hazard. A solar cover can allow children to slip into the water while the cover appears to stay in place, hiding the child. Childhood drowning deaths also occur in other containers with liquids, including pails, coolers, sinks, fish tanks and landscape ponds. CPSC offers these 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 CPRCardiopulmonary resuscitation. It can be a lifesaver. Visit the American Red Cross or our Professional Resources Map to find a course near you.

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