Preventing a Florida Drowning Accident: Indoor Water Safety

by Carmen Dellutri on September 28, 2011

Florida child injury attorneyNow that kids are back in school, the height of Florida’s pool season is winding down. However, that does not mean that parents and caregivers should let their guard down when it comes to Florida drowning accidents. In fact, bathtubs are the second leading location, after pools, where young children drown. In addition, buckets, other containers, and even landscaping features can present a danger of drowning.

As evidence, a new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on submersions related to non-pool and non-spa products indicates that from 2005 to 2009, there were 660 drowning or near drowning accidents involving children younger than five years old. As a result of those accidents, there were 431 fatalities, 212 injuries, and 17 incidents with unknown injuries. The majority of the victims were younger than the age of two, and most of the incidents involved bath or bath related products.

According to the CPSC, nearly all of the accidents occurred in residential settings. Many 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 other cases, an older sibling was left to watch a younger sibling.

As Florida personal injury attorneys, we hate to see injuries to children that could have been prevented. To protect your children, please consider the following drowning prevention safety tips:

  • Never leave young children alone near any water or tub or basin with fluid. 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, 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 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 count.

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 Florida drowning accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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