CPSC Issues Grave Warning About Drowning Risks

by Carmen Dellutri on October 17, 2012

Naples injury lawyerThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a grave warning to parents and caregivers about the risk of drowning for young children in and around the home.

A new CPSC report on in home drownings and non-fatal submersions involving products such as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets, and landscaping features revealed that from 2006 to 2010, there were 684 incidents involving children younger than five-years-old. This figure includes 434 fatalities and 233 injuries.

Of the fatal drowning accidents, 28 percent involved a lapse in supervision, such as a parent or caregiver leaving the bathroom while the child was in the bathtub to answer the phone or door, or to retrieve a towel; in 23 percent, the child was left with another child, usually older; in 10 percent, the child was found in a product outside the home, such as decorative yard equipment or a bucket; and another 3 percent were found inside the home in a bucket/container or trash basket that was being used for cleaning.

As Naples injury attorneys, we are reminded of the tragic story of a 1-year-old boy who drowned in a bucket outside of the family’s home in Jacksonville. The child’s mother was cooking dinner and the child wandered outside through a sliding glass door. Police reported that at some point the child fell into a bucket located on a neighbor’s porch, which he used to clean golf balls for a living.

Unfortunately, accidents like this happen all too frequently. With this in mind, the CPSC offers the following drowning prevention tips:

  • Never leave young children alone near any water or tub or basin with fluid. Young children can drown in even small amounts of liquid.
  • Always keep a young child within arm's reach in a bathtub. If you must leave, take the child with you.
  • Don't leave a baby or young child in a bathtub under the care of another child.
  • Never leave a bucket containing even a small amount of liquid unattended. Toddlers are top heavy and they can fall headfirst into buckets and drown. After using a bucket, always empty and store it where young children cannot reach it. Don't leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.
  • Consider placing locks on toilet seat covers in case a young child wanders into the bathroom.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It can be a lifesaver when seconds.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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