Drowning Safety Shouldn’t End With Summer

by Carmen Dellutri on October 8, 2013

Florida child injury attorneyMost of us will not use our pools so frequently as winter approaches. However, this does not mean that drowning safety should fall off the radar. In fact, accidents are just as likely to take place inside.

As part of Baby Safety Month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued an important warning about in home drowning, which claims an estimated 87 lives every year. In fact, approximately every four days, a child under the age of 5 drowns in a bathtub, bucket, toilet or landscape pond. A staggering 80 percent of these drowning accidents occur in a bathtub.

Given the potential risks, the CPSC offers the following tips:

  • NEVER leave young children alone near any water for ANY amount of time. EVER. As we mentioned above, young children can drown in even small amounts of water.
  • ALWAYS keep a young child within arm’s reach in a bathtub. If you must leave the room, take the child with you.
  • Don’t leave a baby or young child in a bathtub under the care of another young 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 you use a bucket, always empty it and store it where young children cannot reach it. Don’t leave buckets outside where they can collect rainwater.
  • Learn CPR. It can be a lifesaver when seconds count.

While you may understand and follow these rules, it is imperative that everyone who cares for child does too. That means grandparents, babysitters and even older siblings.

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 Port Charlotte drowning accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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